There is just over a month to go until the premiere of 'Smile' (2022), one of the most unexpected horror films of the year, whose hype has been building since the premiere of a disturbing teaser with a smiling man that went viral, and then the trailer, which accumulates almost 20 million views and was a trigger for a conversation on networks that has been growing as the release date approaches.
Paramount releases Smile worldwide on September 30 and the secrecy around it has caused it to generate a lot of curiosity, especially since it does not seem to fit the current trend of horror movies with drama and folk horror, nor with the trend of slasher or teen cinema. , despite the fact that its premise could be reminiscent of that of the movie 'Truth or Dare' (2017). Without a doubt, what is most surprising is that it is a concept film, that it does not belong to any franchise or is a reboot.
Its director is Parker Finn, a debutant almost out of nowhere (he only has a couple of shorts to his credit) with whom we have had the opportunity to chat exclusively worldwide to try to decipher which film is hidden behind the trailer. One of curses? like 'The Ring' (2002)? A more abstract and subjective psychological terror? Both thing at a time? Everything that can be known without revealing any of its surprises has been revealed to us in an extensive interview that we offer you in full.
Espinof: We have not been able to see too much of the film, just a teaser. It seems that it has appeared out of nowhere and with just a few seconds it went viral. Explain us. What is Smile?.
Parker Finn: We're really happy that we were able to do the movie in secret, and suddenly bring it out in one swoop and be able to surprise everyone, we've had a great time planning that. Smile tells the story of a psychiatrist who has a very bizarre encounter with a patient and then begins to experience a series of terrifying and impossible events that she cannot explain and begins to think that something evil has entered her life.
I shot it in 2019 and it became the blackboard on which 'Smile' was born, there are many parallels between the two and they share the same DNA, but I see them as spiritual relatives, anyone who has seen the short will recognize many of the threats that run through the film , but this is something very independent at the same time, I wanted to do something that would stand on its own, what is interesting is that the actress Caitlin Stasey, who is the protagonist of the short, appears in 'Smile'.
Since we saw the first images a few months ago, the expectation generated by SMILE grows every day that approaches September 30, its theatrical release date.
Today a new featurette video of the film has been released in which director Parker Finn, the protagonist Sosie Bacon and the rest of the cast tell us how the most terrifying scenes of the film were created.
In SMILE, after witnessing a strange and traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) begins to experience terrifying events that she cannot explain. As an overwhelming terror begins to take over her life, Rose must confront her haunting past in order to survive and escape her horrible new reality.
Smile is based on Parker Finn's 11-minute short film Laura Hasn't Slept from 2020, winner of the SXSW Film Festival Jury Special Midnight Short Award. Laura was played by Caitlin Stasey, a woman who seeks help from her therapist for a recurring nightmare.
Smile focuses on the experiences of a doctor who becomes interested in solving a mystery after witnessing one of her patient's strange and traumatic encounters with a paranormal entity. Before long, she has become a victim and must face her demons.
Smile is written and directed by Parker Finn in his feature directorial debut. Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner and Robert Salerno are the producers of the film.
Sosie Bacon plays the title character, Dr. Rose Cotter. Bacon had a prominent role in 2005 when she was 10 years old in the film Loverboy, in which she starred opposite her mother Kyra Sedgwick.
Her father, Kevin Bacon, was the director of the film. She is also known for her role as Patricia Krenwinkel in the biographical drama Charlie Says. She played Skye Miller on the Netflix teen series 13 Reasons Why. Her first major attempt at horror came in the television series Scream, an anthology series based on Wes Craven's Scream franchise.
Jessie T. Usher, best known for playing A-Train on The Boys, plays Trevor. Kyle Gallner, a household name in the horror genre, will play Joel. Gallner, the actor is known for his appearance in Scream (2022), the fifth installment of the iconic franchise. Additionally, he played Cassidy "Beaver" Casablancas on the popular television series Veronica Mars and appeared in 2009's Haunting in Connecticut, the cult classic Jennifer's Body and a lead role as Hasil Farrell on the drama series Outsiders.
Other cast members include Caitlin Stasey, known for her role as Rachel Kinski on the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Her other film credits include Tomorrow, When the War Began, All Cheerleaders Die, Lust for Love, and the 2019 film Kindred Spirits. The rest of the cast includes Rob Morgan, Kal Penn, and Robin Weigert.
The month of September, the mythical reference for going back to school and back to work after the holidays, is loaded with news related to horror movies. And it is that the video-on-demand platforms will offer us a good number of horror movie and series premieres with which to have a good or bad time. or at least, to stop being hot.
If you are hooked on scares, bad vibes and being scared, each in their own way, surely this list where we compile the most outstanding horror movie and series premieres of September 2022 will please you.
Prepare the blanket and the popcorn, since these first moments of spring can be the most terrifying thanks to films like The Orphan: First Murder, Smile, one of the most anticipated films of this post-summer, as well as series like The Munsters or The Devil in Ohio.
Cage - September 9
The Orphan: First Kill - September 9
The Invitation - September 16
Crimes of the future - September 23
Don't worry dear - September 23
Smile - September 30
The horror genre tends to offer products of questionable quality in most cases. It is one of the easiest ways to enter the audiovisual and few salvageable gems come out of the burning. Ti West's 'X', for example, is one of the most outstanding slashers of the year, and Alex Garland's 'Men' is on fire in our calendar because to date it has received quite a lot of praise regarding the level of horror that he presents in his images. Parker Finn's Smile has now become the horror film that has given us the most goosebumps. Even more so than Garland's Men back in the day when the first trailer was released.
The terror it presents lies in the force of its images, with a kind of curse roaming the world that, once it hits you, you can't escape it until you die. As they indicate from Horror Losers, it is a project that is clearly born from other feature films such as It Follows or even The Ring itself, even with touches of Truth or Dare. The argument is quite common in certain aspects, but here we come more to enjoy a witch train capable of making us pause the television, if we watch it at home, to take a break.
The film will tell the story of Dr. Rose Cotter, who after witnessing the strange and violent death of a patient begins to witness a series of terrifying events that she cannot explain. As you may have seen in the trailer, we are not facing a particularly bloody or violent film, rather a product that will play with the tension and macabre character of the characters, with those smiles, until the viewers go crazy.
In the fall of this year, a large number of films will be released that promise to bring different proposals to what we are used to seeing on the big screen. One of these premieres will be ''Smile'', Paramount's new horror thriller that is all about smiles. This next thriller will show us how a threatening smile can trigger unexplained events.
‘’Smile’’ is based on the short film ‘’Laura Hasn’t Slept’’, created by Parker Finn in 2020 and which received critical acclaim winning the SXSW Film Festival Special Jury Midnight Short Award. Laura was played by Caitlin Stasey, a woman who seeks help from her therapist for a recurring nightmare. Now Smile will be Finn's directorial debut, with Mary Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Issac Klausner and Robert Salerno serving as producers on the film.
The plot follows the life and career of Dr. Rose Cotter where her life is suddenly changed when one of her patients sees a paranormal entity that makes her smile instantly. Immediately after this smile comes a violent and strange outburst that leads to her death. The doctor soon realizes that this is not an isolated case, as many people in the city are experiencing the same experience, so she has to act quickly to control the situation.
In the course of her investigations, she realizes that these patients develop this strange smile a few days after seeing this unknown entity and that they all die within a week of their first encounter with the entity. In searching for answers from her, she soon realizes that her life is equally in danger and she may be at risk of becoming a victim.
In the cinematographic world, the horror genre is the one with the most demanding viewers. It's not so easy for a self-proclaimed "scary" movie to really satisfy fans of scary stories.
For this reason, not every year we have films that become cinematographic jewels at the level of The Exorcist or The Ring.
But the trailer for Smile, a new horror movie from debut director Parker Finn, is a rare exception. The trailer shared last Wednesday is pretty creepy, mainly due to some pretty terrifying smiles. Smile is expected to be released in theaters on September 30.
The trailer doesn't include much explanation of the film or its characters, but it hints at the film's basic premise: after seeing something terrible and seemingly invisible, people are stunned with terrifying smiles and die a week later.
The trailer makes the most of this plot of the film, keeping the focus on the actors and letting their wide eyes and unnerving smiles do most of the scare. The trailer is also eerily still, giving the film an old-school horror movie vibe.
The movie Smile premiered its trailer on video platforms and became part of the great expectation of users on social networks. Next, we tell you all the details of a movie already called "the scariest of all time".
'Smile' bets on psychological horror cinema, in search of making a difference and surprising the audience with sequences that mark their conception of logic, reality and what they are seeing at that moment.
The synopsis tells that after witnessing a strange and traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter begins to experience terrifying events that she cannot explain. As overwhelming terror begins to take over her life, Rose must confront her haunting past in order to survive and escape her horrible new reality.
Those responsible for the production of the tape are Paramount Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment. At the moment the scheduled release date is September 30, 2022, not counting the official date for its release in Latin America.