Movie Review: ‘Smile’ new horror movie gives viewers chills

Emilee Wegner, Social Media Manager

The movie “Smile” does very well with setting the viewers up to always be anticipating a jump scare. A downfall to this movie is that viewers know the whole storyline after Dr. Cotter figures out what is happening. The music within the entire movie was probably the most bone-chilling part of the movie. My favorite scene was towards the end when Cotter knew she was going to pass the smile “curse” onto her love interest, Joel who is a police officer.

“Smile” came out on September 30, 2022. It was originally supposed to be released to a streaming site but, after strong positive test screenings, the decision was made to release the movie into the theaters first. On Monday, October 24, 2022 “Smile” officially surpassed a profit of $150 million. The movie was distributed by Paramount Pictures, which has released several popular horror movies throughout the years such as, “Scream,” “A Quiet Place” and “Cloverfield.”
The movie started with an overview of the main character, Dr. Rose Cotter who is played by Sosie Bacon (“13 Reasons Why”). Cotter is a doctor in a psychiatric hospital, where she dedicates most of her time. The first chilling scene starts when Cotter was about to go home, but then decided to take an emergency phone call. Laura Weaver was then introduced to the movie, this is when the audience gets the feel for the first jump scare. After the scene with Weaver, this is where the chain begins. Scene after scene, person after person, the same things continue to happen, which is why the movie is called Smile. By the end of the movie, Cotter figures out what she needs to do to save herself, but will she? If the idea of an eerie, hair-raising horror movie is something that interests you, this is one to watch.

Overall rating: 4/5