Very few saw it coming and it is becoming the sensation of the horror genre of the moment. With an effective campaign, a fabulous execution and a good word of mouth (or smile to ear) we are witnessing how ‘Smile‘ is becoming quite a sensation.
Again, the key is how well he executes his ideas and also the scares, taking full advantage of the psychological anguish of the supernatural threat that constantly haunts you. The genus has other examples of macabre curses that are loose and seek to claim all the lives they canand here we have three great examples that can be seen through streaming platforms.
‘Infernal possession’ (‘The Evil Dead’, 1981)
Address: Sam Raimi. Distribution: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Richard DeManincor, Theresa Tilly.
A little more playful and fun than the others that we are going to review today, Sam Raimi’s feature debut is a powerful cyclone created from the tireless and insane pursuit of the evil that surrounds us. The existence of an evil book capable of unleashing evil forces is all the necessary basis for making an infallible supernatural nightmare.
And yet, there is room for humor. A component of crazy comedy, almost cartoonish, that would be accentuated in the subsequent sequels that followed. This combination creates one of the best debut works by a filmmaker. A triumph of independent and creative cinemawith well-executed ideas and a direction full of personality and strength.
‘The Ring (The signal)’ (‘The Ring’, 2002)
Address: Gore Verbinski. Distribution: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Daveigh Chase.
Few horror films dominated turn-of-the-century culture more than Gore Verbinski’s playful remake of Hideo Nakata’s shocking Japanese horror film. Although it’s hard not to shock when your premise is that a supernatural force is going to kill you in seven days if you watch a banned videotape.
Verbinski is the kind of filmmaker who can inject verve and energy into what would have been the umpteenth bullshit remake in someone else’s hands. The movie is a fast-paced attraction, with a great terrifying atmosphere who knows how to take advantage of the idea he has in his hands. Adrenaline, tension and suspense even in the most everyday things thanks to ingenuity and talent.
‘It Follows’ (2014)
Address: David Robert Mitchell. Distribution: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi.
It is certainly a bit easy to resort to ‘It Follows’ in relation to ‘Smile’, since not a few are mentioning the David Robert Mitchell movie in relation to it. And the reason is simple, both touch a curse whose subtext is real and identifiable tormentbe it the stigma for sexuality or the shared and propagated trauma.
But there are clear differences. Mitchell makes an intelligent exercise in supernatural terror, very respectful of the foundations of the genre and with the ability to rethink them. Fabulous music that creates a perfect atmosphere, a good handling of restlessness, shot in an exquisite way despite the limitations and with a lot to scratch it if you want to go deeper. It is one of the best films of the past decade.
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What to watch if you like ‘Smile’: 3 terrifying movies with curses and supernatural evil forces available in streaming for a scary night