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Smiley (2012)

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After discovering an urban legend of a demented serial killer, who has nothing but a carved "smiley" on his face, a mentally fragile teenager must figure out if she is going insane - or if she could be the next victim.

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Glasgow Phillips (screenplay), Michael J. Gallagher (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The New Face of Fear See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Did It for the Lulz See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendora, California, USA See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shanna Malcolm is an actress in that is credited as "Party Guest 1." She is a good friend of actor Shane Dawson, who plays Binder. Both are also YouTubers. They are constantly collaborating on each other's YouTube channels where they do challenges, comedy skits, and much more. See more »

Goofs

When the detectives are talking to Ashley and they reveal the Youtube video where she's smashing her computer in the library, you can clearly see the editing options on top of the video (edit video details, edit annotations, audio swap, etc.). This would indicate that the detectives were the ones who uploaded the video, as they were logged into the account where the video was uploaded. See more »

Quotes

Zane: She fell on her head... and now she's dead... oh god... that rhymed.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Il trovatore : Act I: Tace la notte!
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Sondra Radvanovsky
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Honestly not that bad
21 November 2012 | by wormsoftheerthSee all my reviews

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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