great performance by the lead. music was minimalist and creepy as hell. heavy handed depiction of sacrifice. pretty serious and rooted in truth of a specific generation, w/ a unique brand of campy albeit inspired by david lynch. 4.8/5
Alex Essoe is a talent that gives Starry Eyes a needed heft of pathos, but the film never develops her with more depth outside of her movie-star dreams. Story and action should’ve been more evenly distributed, as it doesn't get into a groove rhythmically either, feeling too naive and simple-tuned for creative surprises. Ultimately, the climax proves it's an excuse for some yucks more than anything.
Despite some good word-of-mouth this movie fell flat. Kudos to the lead actress who was awesome. The writing and direction left a lot to be desired however. The first half was good and built a healthy dose of satanic dread but then everything went out the window with a tired gore marathon that in the end felt really crappy. And the actual end did not deliver on the promise given in the first reel. An ok effort.
A Lynchian inspired horror film with a twist of camp. Borrows heavily from Mulholland Drive although that may seem as a turn off for some who perhaps will expect it to be something more then what it actually is-if you can just sit with it then you may grow to appreciate the committed acting that Ms Essoe willingly pours into her role as the lead & the synthesizer score which has a 80's feel that is memorable.
One of the few decent horror films to come out in recent years. The slow, brutal process of her selling herself out and eventually physically deteriorating is chilling, thanks to great effects and an amazing performance by Essoe. The score was also particularly great. Flawed, yes, but an overall gem of a package considering how awful modern horror is nowadays.