Saturday, October 31, 2015

Phil's Halloween Horror Watch: STARRY EYES (2014) from Dark Sky Films-October 31, 2015

STARRY EYES Blu-Ray (2015)
STARRY EYES
Starring: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy, Maria Olsen, Louis Dezseran
Screenwriters: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer
Cinematographer: Adam Bricker
Director: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer
Production Companies: Snowfort Pictures, Parallactic Pictures, Title Media, Dark Sky Films
Distributor: Dark Sky Films

In my honest opinion, the best horror films that I've seen in the past decade or so have been from the independent film world. They have originality, complexity, integrity, and bravery to take the horror genre to the next level. While the major studios have been churning out remakes, reboots and new films that lack any kind of creativity or originality (not to mention they aren't even scary anymore), leave it to the indie filmmakers who strive to help save and maybe salvage the genre that we love and adore. Case in point, the newest film to be released from out friends over at Dark Sky Films falls in this discussion. STARRY EYES has all the makings of becoming a true horror classic as well as a cult classic.

The film's official synopsis: Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker (Alexandra Essoe) spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically.

Theatrical Movie Poster (2015)
This is a perfect example of what I mentioned earlier. Not only do we get an original horror film, but one that is psychological, disturbing, containing social commentary about the great lengths young actors and actresses will do for fame and fortunes, supernatural twists, and quite possibly one of the most disturbing endings I have seen in a long time.

Right off the bat, let me state that actress Alexandra Essoe deserves all the credit and accolades that comes her way. Her portrayal as the young, naive dreamer Sarah is one of the most powerful, gripping, emotionally and horrifying  performances ever captured for the big screen. Essoe went to Hell and back in the film and you can tell she went for it and never held back in her acting in any way. She is one of the bravest actresses I have ever seen and I sincerely hope to see more of her in the future.

The film was written and directed by the team of Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer. Together, they crafted a film that delivers the goods of what a horror film should be! Thoughtful, provoking, and disturbingly beautiful, we fans of the genre were treated to an outstanding work of art! When was the last time you heard something like that about a horror film? Not in a very, very, very long time!

Dark Sky Films have bee one of my favorite distributors in the last few years and I've really been enjoying the films they have been releasing. From Adam Green's HATCHET trilogy to their recent hit DEATHGASM, they know what horror fans want and what we're craving for. And with this film, they prove that they are a name that delivers quality scares, chills, and bloodshed.

STARRY EYES is one of the best horror films I've seen this year! If your tired of the onslaught of crappy horror films coming out of Hollywood, then this horror hounds is a film that you will want to see again and again! 5 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!


STARRY EYES is currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Visit your local retailer or order directly from Dark Sky Films. You can follow the film on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about Dark Sky Films visit their website at darkskyfilms.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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