If you have ever been to the land of Hollywood then you know its not all glamour and glitz. Everyday cars, planes and busses arrive in LA with a young woman with that look in her eyes. She wants to be a star and knows she is in the land of opportunity. The only issue is she is among the thousands of other dreamers with all the same goal. Audition after audition, callback after call back. Welcome to aspiring actress purgatory where the roles call for more and the producer just may be the devil himself. In Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s STARRY EYES we meet a young woman stuck in that dilemma. One day she has an audition that will change her life, and that is just not a figure of speech, it’s a reality.
Stocked with an 80’s cinema vibe mixed with new age vanity is the thriller starring the exceptional Alex Essoe as Sarah Walker. Stuck at a degrading job and feeling like she will never catch a break Sarah heads to a particularly strange audition. Not sure of the methods of the studio she gets involved with a company that does a little more than just turn ordinary people to stars. They transform them. Sarah is their new project and they make sure she understands the true potential she posses.
STARRY EYES is a smart and bold thriller. The combination of the dread she experiences and the toll it puts on her friends is unforgettable. Similar to Eric England’s CONTRACTED or the even more extreme THANATOMORPHOSE we see a woman going through something that her peers would never understand. The unbiased pressure of making it is the heroin that fills the veins of Hollywood and Sarah is just another discarded needle. Though her will is strong her own demons is what allows this to consume her. STARRY EYES is a nightmare for any young person with dreams of aspiring to greatness in the industry. A thinking man’s horror; this one will fly over the heads of the dumbed down expectations of the masses. Not every horror film needs the walking dead, ghosts or a masked killer to to be effective and STARRY EYES proves just that. While it won’t make you rush to bathroom in the middle of the night fearing for your life STARRY EYES has the ability to sleep inside of your conscious. So the next time someone asks you how far are you willing to go to achieve a lofty goal, picture Sarah Walker in your head and you will be better off for it. STARRY EYES is the exact film that is needed for the vanity induced world we currently live in.
3.5 / 5
STARRY EYES is written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. It stars Alex Essoe, Noah Segan, Pat Healy, Amanda Fuller, Shane Coffer and Fabianne Therese. STARRY EYES is in limited theaters, iTunes and on demand starting November 14th.
Categories: Horror Movie Reviews