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STARRY EYES

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 96 minutes, deleted scenes, music video, audio commentary, photo gallery, trailer

VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English

 

STUDIO: Snowfort Pictures/ Parallactic Pictures/ Dark Sky Films

RELEASE DATE:  2-3-2015

STARRY EYES is one of the best body horror movies/ insightful look at the struggles of young actor’s tales I have seen.  It stands apart as one of the best horror movies of this year. Alexandra Esso gives a breakout performance as Sarah. STARRY EYES is a combination of David Cronenberg and John Carpenter with an unsettling score by Jonathan Snipes.  The struggles actors go through are relatable to anyone (especially actors who are trying to stand out) as we try to find purpose in our lives and faced with what we would sacrifice for our dreams.

 

Sarah Walker (Alexandra Esso) spends her days working a dead end-job as Taters girl at a Hooters-like restaurant to make ends meet while she rushes off to audition after audition to break into Hollywood as she dreams of being a star.  She answers an ad to be part of a horror movie called the Silver Scream.  She gets a call to audition and the audition doesn’t impress the casting people of Astraesus Pictures, but she is called back in after she has a fit in the bathroom and they want her to repeat what she did in the bathroom.   She gets a callback for a second and yet stranger audition, and eventually a meeting with the producer.   She learns they are part of the Hollywood occult elite who want to transform her from her old self to be reborn, but her dreams require sacrifice.  Meanwhile, her friends want to make their own movie while they try to figure out what to do with their lives.

 

STARRY EYES is destined to be in my top 10 movies of 2015 and Alexandra Esso is an actress to watch because her role as Sarah is her breakout chance for other big roles.  The movie is something you can find new things in repeat viewings and explore the themes of the movie in addition to what the directors are saying about the Hollywood system and the struggles of aspiring actors who want that chance to stand out from the rest.  It is an unsettling movie which crawls up on you as you can’t turn yourself away from Sarah’s descent into the destruction of who she is to get her dreams and her struggles against what she would do.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The audio commentary with writers/ directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Wildmyer, and producer Travis Stevens is an insightful track on the making of the movie and how Alexandra Esso was cast (plus the story of how she went all out for this role).

 

10 deleted scenes which were cut for pacing and to craft the tighter edit of STARRY EYES, but they are interesting to watch anyway.

 

Also included are the two auditions that Alexandra Esso did for the role (and she even impresses during what she sees as imperfect during her interviews for the movie), a behind-the-scenes music video by Jonathan Snipes, a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, and the theatrical trailer.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: STARRY EYES is highly recommended.  It is a horror classic that combines body horror with a portrait of actor life along with a metaphorical look at the forces behind big Hollywood movies who want to use and craft talent to their whims.

 

This review is 4-7-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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