‘Smile’ will make your skin crawl

Stella Alexandropoulos, Sectional Editor

Before I went into “Smile,” I saw a few reviews of it on social media. Some people said it was the scariest movie they had ever seen in their life, and others said it wasn’t scary enough to sleep with their lights on after they watched it. 

Just in time for the spooky season, “Smile,” which hit theaters at the end of September, was a horror delight. It will make your skin crawl.

The movie centers on a therapist who experienced a traumatic occurrence involving one of her patients in her own office, and it’s paranormal in nature. It was passed on to the therapist, named Rose Cotter, and the film highlights her struggles to live her daily life while evading this demonic presence. The presence makes her see people smiling, but not in a friendly way. 

As a horror aficionado, I knew I had to check it out for myself. After watching it, I was left feeling the movie did its job when it came to the horror factor. There were a few really good unexpected plot twists that made me say, “Wow!” out loud in the theater. 

What I like about it is that it’s not just the objects moving by themselves that scare you or the jump scares. It’s the background music. “Smile” contains a pretty eerie score that makes watching it that much more intense, and as I mentioned before, the plot twists really catch you off guard. 

People may argue that this movie was a bit of a dud, but you would have to admit that it has an original plot that isn’t confusing. It kept me engaged throughout the entirety of the movie. 

I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys watching horror films just as much as I do. If you can handle the creepy smiles, give it a shot.