Starry Eyes (2014) Review

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Starry Eyes (2014) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on September 15th, 2019 | Movie Review | Indie Horror, Possession, Demon, Drama, Psychological

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It's about a struggling actress who reluctantly agrees to bang an old man and join a cult in order to land an acting gig.

Starry Eyes was directed by Kevin Kolsch (who also directed Pet Sematary) and Dennis Widmyer ; and stars Alex Essoe (from Midnighters, The Neighbor), Amanda Fuller (from Creature, Red White & Blue) and Noah Segan (from Mohawk, Follow).

She would kill to be famous.

Starry Eyes Review

Starry Eyes is a quality indie horror movie about a group of friends who are all struggling actors trying to break into showbiz. Sarah, our lead struggling actress, works as a waitress at a Hooters-style restaurant while failing auditions on her free time. Sarah's unhappy, her friends are unhappy, her boss is unhappy, everyone in this movie seems to feel trapped within their struggling dead end lives. Sarah has the ambition to break out, but not the acting chops it takes to make it in Tinseltown.

Starry Eyes shines a light on the Hollywood elite, the illuminati, the secret societies that act as the gatekeepers to stardom. It's about the power and influence they wield and how they can use it to exploit rising talent (think Harvey Weinstein). It's also about the occult, there's actually a lot of references to actual occult symbols and folklore in this movie. So either the movie studio behind Starry Eyes are illuminati themselves or they did their research.

Ultimately, this movie is about demonic possession. Sarah starts out normal, hits a low point in her life, slowly starts transforming into an evil leper and finally freaks out and goes on a killing spree. The story is formulaic but the execution is unique and has enough depth to keep it interesting.

Would I watch it again? Probably not. There's a bit too much female bickering and backstabbing for my taste. Of course, one of the characters who does the most backstabbing actually gets literally backstabbed which was cool. I'd watch that again.

Worth Watching?

If you like movies like The Neon Demon, Black Swan or Suspiria than you'll probably like Starry Eyes.


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