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Smiley Face Killers           review by Bobby Blakey

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Crispin Glover is one of those unique actors that continues to take on some crazy interesting roles. From his blockbuster turns in films like Back to the Future and Charlie’s Angels to Willard he continues to entertain. I am a fan of his crazier roles in varying horror films and his latest film Smiley Face Killers brings yet another cool look. The film stars Ronen Rubinstein and Mia Serafino, but does it do justice to this story of true events or will it fail to make the cut?

Smiley Face Killers follows Jake Graham struggles to keep his life together at school while a strange wave of mysterious drownings of male college students plagues the California coast. Finding himself stalked by a hooded figure driving an unmarked van, Jake fears he may become the next victim in the killers’ horrific spree.

Going into this film with the look of the box art and look of it all I honestly thought this was a slasher film. While it does have some elements later in the film this film plays up more like a mystery thriller than anything else.

This kind of left me wanting more since it spends the majority of the film focusing on one guy and his life and struggling mental issues. This would have been a fine story had I not thought it was something else and ended up kind of limping along before actually really getting anywhere.

When we start getting to the meat of it all then it picks up a bit more, but never fully captures what could have been for me. I think had they focused a bit more on the real mystery of the killings it might have worked better. It’s not a bad movie at all and the direction they take it is interesting and some great bloody moments in the third act, but it just takes a little longer to get to anything that will fully engage the horror fans.

If you go into this film understanding what it actually is then you will likely enjoy it a lot more. In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including trailer gallery, interviews and behind the scenes. Grab your copy of the Smiley Face Killers available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

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