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Smiley (2012)

R  |   |  Horror  |  12 October 2012 (USA)
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Ratings: 3.5/10 from 6,810 users   Metascore: 25/100
Reviews: 78 user | 65 critic | 8 from Metacritic.com

After discovering an urban legend of a demented serial killer, who has nothing but a carved 'smiley' on his face, a mentally fragile teen must decide whether she is going insane - or will be the next victim.

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Ashley goes to her new college while getting over the death of her mother. She meets some new people there including Binder ('Shane Dawson') while at a party and she learns about an urban legend of an online killer that has the nickname "Smiley" who can only be seen on the web and he apparently kills people after they type in "I did it for the lulz" three times. Soon after going to the party Ashley and her flatmate Proxy go online to test it out, with horrific results. She becomes paranoid and she starts to think she sees Smiley all over the place and feels that he may be chasing her, but how can that be if he is not real? Have they somehow released him from the internet? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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The New Face of Fear



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Rated R for violence, terror, language, some sexual references and substance use by teens | See all certifications »

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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Face Da Morte  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Smiley is a parody of the urban legend "Bloody Mary" See more »


When Ashley and Proxy are testing the Smiley myth by visiting a video chat website, the camera on the website shows that the girls are not talking even though we hear them speaking in the room. See more »


[last lines]
Proxy: We really killed her!
[last lines]
Zane: Oh come on... she killed herself!
[sees the real smiley standing behind her]
Zane: PROXY?
[sees her being stabbed in the eye]
Zane: Holy shit!
[smiley waves at him then slams down the laptop]
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Crazy Credits

At the very end after the credits are done, Ashley wakes up! See more »


References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


I Should Not Be Seeing You
Written by Paul Humlie and Davis Sterling
Performed by Connie Conway
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a new Horrid movie
18 October 2012 | by (downtown, Michigan) – See all my reviews

Smiley tells the tale of a city full of the most stupid people in America. There seems to be an internet-based killer slaying many people there, and we can only wish him/ her continued success. So bad is this movie--there really is no "plot"--with its bad acting, bad scripting, and not-very-scary killer at work, the viewer prays for a short viewing time.

With little gore, scares, sex or even action, this is a B movie wanna-be, so if that's what you're looking for, forget it! The only clever thing about this movie is the idea of a killer wearing a twisted smiley-face hood. After you've seen that on the ad for the movie, it's all down hill from there. Its silly "surprise" ending does nothing to compensate the viewer for the previous 85 minutes of boredom. Do yourself a favor and don't watch this movie.

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