10/30/22 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #30 – Smile (2022).

I always like to put a movie on here for Halloween weekend that you can still see in the theaters. I highly suggest you go out and see Smile before it leaves. It’s worth the journey. Also, I’m realizing that as I’m choosing movies, I sometimes subconsciously put two movies back-to-back with some kind of connecting theme. I won’t spell out the exact connection, but I will say putting Men yesterday, and Smile today, makes a lot of sense. If you’ve seen both, you’ll understand. Here is the brief IMDB synopsis:

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

Smile is so much more than you expect it to be. On the surface you may be thinking it’s just a gimmick movie or something cheap. But I’m telling you, Smile has something a lot deeper to say. As I’ve always said about horror movies in general, they can explore deeper themes in a way that other movies just can’t. That is the case with Smile. Sure, it’s still a horror movie with a lot of cheap tricks up its sleeve. I can’t tell you the last movie I saw with so many blatant jump scares. Prepare your ears because there are some music stings that are piercing. And you will jump… a lot. But there’s so much more. It’s creepy and unnerving in the best of ways. I will say it’s not a super easy movie to watch. Basically it’s a “why doesn’t anyone believe me” movie for almost the entirety of the film, and that can get insanely frustrating. But when all is said and done, I found Smile to be extremely fulfilling. And yes, even with all the deeper themes at play, you still get some pretty damn amazing visuals, especially in the final act. See this one in theaters while you still can folks. It’s a fun one.

Where to Watch: Still only in theaters.

Food/Drink Pairing: A lot of white wine in an extremely breakable glass.

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