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
[Spoilers] A literalist take on Lynch's virtuoso "Mulholland Drive", and the selling of one's soul to the devil; a very promising first half gives way to a disappointingly prosaic denouement, where high-flown metaphor becomes deflating -albeit gory- horror cliché reality. 2.5*
A good performance by Alex Essoe gives it needed emotional heft with fine support by a few modern horror regulars (Marc Senter, Pat Healy, Maria Olsen) but this still can't save this cliched effort. Starry Eyes doesn't really get into a groove rhythmically either, seeming a bit too naive and simple-tuned for creative surprises. Ultimately, the climax proves it's more of an excuse for some yucks more than anything.
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.