Smile is the best kind of really good horror movie [Fantastic Fest]

“Smile” doesn’t have the thematic complexities of “No,” the raw, rotten humanity of “Pearl,” or the WTF factor of “Barbarian,” but in a field of 2022 horror heavy hitters, it does something. thing I can’t help but celebrate. He refreshed the formula and proved that old tricks still work when the people behind the camera care enough. I’m not always in the mood for a movie like “No”, Pearl or “Barbarian”, but I’m always in the mood for a movie like “Smile”.

So let’s celebrate the really good horror movie, the horror movie that doesn’t reach for the sky, but instead chooses to fill the room. You’ll see more ambitious horror films this year, but you won’t see one that leaves a sold-out crowd screaming and chattering like this. In fact, I think newer and younger horror fans, those who won’t be able to predict beats as effectively, will turn “Smile” into a TikTok sensation – shots and key moments are made for videos WTF reaction.

But I? I will complain that he is familiar. But then I’ll pour my drink on Friday night and watch “Smile” again. And my wife will sing the drone shot and internet search songs half a dozen times each, because yeah, it’s exactly that kind of movie. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

“Smile” hits theaters on September 30, 2022.

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