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Smiley -- After learning of an urban legend in which a demented serial killer can be summoned through the Internet, mentally fragile Ashley must decide whether she is losing her mind or becoming Smiley's next victim.
Smiley -- Clip: Hacker Scene


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Release Date:
12 October 2012 (USA) See more »
The New Face of Fear
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Caitlin Gerard ... Ashley

Melanie Papalia ... Proxy

Shane Dawson ... Binder

Andrew James Allen ... Zane

Liza Weil ... Dr. Jenkins

Roger Bart ... Professor Clayton

Keith David ... Diamond

Toby Turner ... Mark

Michael Traynor ... Smiley

Jana Winternitz ... Maria

Nikki Limo ... Stacy
Steve Greene ... Crash

Richard Ryan ... Kells
DeStorm Power ... Decepticon

Jason Horton ... Flasher

Billy St. John ... Dad

Patrick O'Sullivan ... Cooper

Darrien Skylar ... Mary

Elizabeth Greer ... Mom

Shanna Malcolm ... Party Guest #1
Amanda Chavez ... Party Guest #2
Ashlinn Gallagher ... Amber

Jackie Averia ... Chat Girl
Exotic Jess ... Chat Girl 2
Craig C. Chen ... Weird Guy

Joe Filippone ... Weird Guy 2
Harry Lands ... Weird Guy 4
Jack Burrows ... Dancing Guy
Katerina Nova ... Dancing Girl

Kristin Elliott ... Dancing Girl
Jermaine McNeal ... Buffy Guy
Vernon Smith Jr. ... Buffy Guy 2
Daniel Van Dyke ... Buffy Guy 3
Greg Roudebush ... Creepy Guy

Read MacGuirtose ... Creepy Guy #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Annie Chernecky ... Classmate
Massimo Coppola ... Classmate
Kai De Mello-Folsom ... Classmate

Bree Essrig ... Kim
Laloni Harris ... University Student / Party Guest
Spencer John Olson ... Weird Guy

BreeLayne Ring ... Classmate / Friend

Mr. Snake ... Engineer (as Snake)
Sarah Spears ... Classmate (as Sarah Danielle Spears)
Richard Taylor II ... Partying Friend

Krystal Brock ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael J. Gallagher 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ezra Cooperstein  story
Michael J. Gallagher  writer
Glasgow Phillips 

Produced by
Cindy Cowan .... executive producer
Cynthia Shelton Droke .... executive producer
Michael J. Gallagher .... executive producer
Glasgow Phillips .... executive producer
Michel Rangel .... line producer
Michael Wormser .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Porter 
Cinematography by
Nicola Marsh 
Film Editing by
Zach Anderson 
Casting by
Lisa Essary 
Production Design by
Alec Contestabile 
Art Direction by
Breanna Wing 
Set Decoration by
Mike Mo 
Stephanie Wagner 
Costume Design by
Adrienne Young 
Makeup Department
Mayera Abeita .... makeup artist
Steve Costanza .... makeup department head
Ali Magee .... makeup artist
Greg McDougall .... special makeup effects artist
Jennifer M. Quinteros .... makeup artist
Production Management
Justin Oberman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee D. Andrews .... first assistant director
Michèle Etges .... second second assistant director
Jared Scott Mercier .... second assistant director
Gustavo Peña .... second assistant director
Shelly West .... second assistant director
Mike Mo .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bruno Tempera .... property buyer
Stephanie Wagner .... set dresser
Jalisco Wayne .... property master
Sound Department
Mary Jo Devenney .... sound mixer
Austin Hunter .... boom operator
Cody Peterson .... sound editor
Cody Peterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Schwartz .... sound effects editor
Dana Reed .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Hugh Bell .... steadicam operator
Kemuel Depaula .... best boy grip (as Kemuel DePaula)
Andrew Finch .... additional cinematographer
Joe Hendrick .... first assistant camera
Ed Joyce .... gaffer
Jason B. McCann .... key grip
Alex Merkle .... second assistant camera
Jason M. Norman .... best boy
Dennis Noyes .... steadicam operator
Caitlin Panis .... second assistant camera
Jocelyn R.C. .... still photographer
John Ruiz .... additional first assistant camera
Mason Semble .... additional best boy grip
Casey Slade .... dolly grip
Jesse Smith .... lighting technician
Leigh Lisbão Underwood .... camera operator (as Leigh Underwood)
Joseph Walsh .... jib operator
Ron M. Wilson .... grip
Kyle Wright .... first assistant "b" camera: additional photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Araceli Gomez .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Juan Ignacio Cabrera .... colorist
Music Department
Jacob Nathan .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Dylan Klassen .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Richard Lee Dalton .... key p/a
C.J. McCree .... production assistant
Elizabeth Ann Poinsette .... production assistant
Suzanne C. Swindle .... script supervisor
Eugenio Villamar .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
Rated R for violence, terror, language, some sexual references and substance use by teens
UK:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Smiley is a parody of the urban legend "Bloody Mary"See more »
Continuity: Right after the scene where Ashley and Proxy pretend to make out when they decide to test out the myth of Smiley, you can see the full chat log on the screen while they still have to type it in the next scene.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Batman" (1966)See more »
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12 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Honestly not that bad, 21 November 2012
Author: d b from United States

OK so first of all, this is a movie about stupid internet culture. Therefore it should be expected that there are going to be a LOT of stupid internet references. That said, I think they did a very good job at capturing said culture; being young-ish and working in IT, I felt like all the awkward nerds and their motivations were VERY believable. As utterly stupid as this premise and many lines of dialog (including the main "i did it for the lulz") are, that is sadly exactly how 4chan and related internet/meme/"hackivist" culture is. Anyway, this is slightly different than most teen slashers in that they seem to have gotten regular people to play the roles which makes it appear cheaper than Hollywood movies, yet it adds a gritty & quasi-realistic slant that is absent in the status quo of Hollywood beautiful people cast of stereotypes. This is by no means a fantastic movie, but I found it to be very watchable and fairly enjoyable for a low budget teen slasher. There is some really, really bad CGI (not much) and sadly the kills are generally weak / too few and far between / there isn't much gore (however there is a good twist ending which explains why the second part is as such). Overall mediocre, but this one kind of feels like Scream for a new generation - instead of the constant stupid movie references, you have internet references. I think you really have to be aware of internet culture to "understand" this movie, otherwise a lot of it won't make sense at all and it will seem very silly/stupid.

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