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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Critic Reviews for Starry Eyes
Horror fans should keep their eyes on the filmmakers - and Essoe, who gives a star-making performance.
"Starry Eyes" may leave you feeling hopeless, but its bleak vision of masochistic perfectionism is clear-eyed, cogent, and devastatingly unsettling.
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.
There are hints of satire beneath the goings-on, but if that was the intent, it's too veiled.
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.
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.
Stylishly made horror that mixes humour, gore and thrills with verve and panache and features a breakout performance from Alex Essoe.
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