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STARRY EYES (2014) Review: A David Lynch-Type Intellectual, Horrific Ride

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Starry Eyes

STARRY EYES is one of those slow burn films; if you don’t have patience, you will not enjoy it. However, if patience is your friend, the payoff is brilliant and bloody!

Official Synopsis: “A hopeful young starlet uncovers the ominous origins of the Hollywood elite and enters into a deadly agreement in exchange for fame and fortune.”

For me the film is about how people in the industry will painfully go to any lengths to be successful, even turning on their friends, even to the point of destroying them just to get what they want.

STARRY EYES is written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, and stars the electrifying Alex Essoe as Sarah. The magic of the film leaves you wondering just what the hell is really going on until the very end of the film, when the blood starts flying and you’re left with a smile on your face.

Essoe’s performance leaps off the screen onto a bigger stage, if that’s at all possible.  She plays the gamut of every possible emotion, each to it’s farthest possible extreme…and pulls it off without one unbelievable moment.

The film is part supernatural, part slasher, part psychological thriller, part drama, and melts itself into one fine tasting horrific cheeseburger (if you’re a vegetarian, a Tofu burger).

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Starry Eyes 2014 Review

The film is a character piece centering around Sarah. The writing brilliantly spends much time focusing on her characterization and allowing the audience inside of her deep emotional feelings, allowing us to either feel sorry for her and root for her, or for us to genuinely dislike her and want her to fail miserably.  Either way you choose to side with the character, there is no denying that the path she is on is both wicked and intriguing; even for a slow burner, those without patience will find themselves wanting to stick around just to see how it all ends.

The blood in the film, which was a nice surprise, kind of threw me off and was unexpected in a film with this tone. But it works well and plays into the hands of throwing the viewer off-guard.

STARRY EYES is one of the best films of 2014 and certainly deserves to be checked out!

 

 

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Chad Armstrong

President/Co-Owner at LC Films
Chad Armstrong is a writer/producer/director who was born and raised in Long Beach CA. In 2009 he relocated to Alabama where he founded LeglessCorpse, a site dedicated to independent horror films, and soon after created the indie horror distribution company LeglessCorpse Films (currently known as LC Films). Not only is he co-owner of LeglessCorpse.com and LC Films he is also President of the newly formed Back Aisle Video label. Chad's most recent feature film is Deimosimine, and currently in development on the feature film Blood Dancers 2: Full Moon.

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