Starry Eyes sets it sights on the trials and tribulations of trying to break into the Hollywood acting scene, paranoia, bitchy friends and a dog eat dog attitude prevail – just the kind of atmosphere in which psychological horror breeds.
The film tells the story of Sarah (Alex Essoe) who after applying for every role and getting turned down and working part time, she starts to become disillusioned with her chosen craft until she gets a call back for a film called The Silver Screen. Sarah has this question put before her – What are you willing to give up, to have your dream? I won’t go into anything else beyond for spoiler-y reasons.
Starry Eyes is a slow burning occult thriller that creeps up on you before kicking you in the teeth. The film works because of Alex Essoe’s brilliant performance and Kolsch & Widmyer’s measured and planned writing & directing. A film that has a somewhat bleak view of the film industry, in which rumours (or truths depending on what you believe) about it run the gamut from awful to horrifying which the film plays on and uses horror to push these rumours toward an even scarier place. Above all else it’s a great horror film - you should watch it.
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