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Starry Eyes (2014)



Critic Consensus: Starry Eyes pokes Hollywood's seedy underbelly to produce a refreshingly original horror story led by a breakout performance from Alex Essoe.

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In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will put it all on the line for the role of a lifetime... no matter what the cost. Determined to make it in Hollywood, aspiring actress Sarah Walker (Alexandra Essoe) spends her days working a dead-end job under the watchful eye of her patronizing boss, Carl (Pat Healy), enduring petty friendships with other struggling artists and competing actors (Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey and Natalie Castillo) and going on countless casting calls in the hopes of finally catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions with a mysterious casting duo (Marc Senter & Maria Olsen) from famed production company Astraeus Pictures, Sarah finally lands the leading role in their newest film. The producer (Lou Deszeran) thinks she has a bright future ahead of her, but this coveted opportunity comes with bizarre ramifications that will transform Sarah both mentally and physically into something beautiful and terrifying. From Travis Stevens, the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky's Dune, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kölsch's Starry Eyes is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true price of fame.(C) Official site

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Critic Reviews for Starry Eyes

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Horror fans should keep their eyes on the filmmakers - and Essoe, who gives a star-making performance.

November 21, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Starry Eyes" may leave you feeling hopeless, but its bleak vision of masochistic perfectionism is clear-eyed, cogent, and devastatingly unsettling.

November 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The degeneration into familiar genre tropes reduces the impact of the wittily satirical set-up, with the result that Starry Eyes fails to live up to its initial promise. But the film indicates genuine talent on the part of its directors/screenwriters.

November 13, 2014 | Full Review…

There are hints of satire beneath the goings-on, but if that was the intent, it's too veiled.

November 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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November 11, 2014

Though it's a tad overcranked in the final furlong, the sheer energy on display and a devilishly compelling plot ultimately win the day.

August 18, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Starry Eyes


A solid movie that may be too violent and disturbing for a lot of viewers as it shows a nasty, grotesque view of Hollywood and ambition, and it makes the best use of a fantastic synthesizer score as well as an outstanding makeup and sound design that will make you writhe in anguish.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The subtext may not be "sub-" so much as it is "overtly dickslapping you in the face", but it's still a worthy endeavour, a fantastic collaborative effort merging the classically darker side of Hollywood with 80's synth-driven Body Horror and the occult.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

Stylishly made horror that mixes humour, gore and thrills with verve and panache and features a breakout performance from Alex Essoe.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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