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.
The lead performances is wonderful but not much else. Going for easy targets, the movie evolves into a Cronenberg inspired body-horror film that comes too late to matter. The filmmakers haven't earned the ending they have and it comes off as silly. Starry Eyes i surprisingly dull with nothing to say pass the surface. Good to watch for what not to do when making a film about Hollywood.
Intrepidly literal in its approach to the subject at hand - intellectuals who prize their subtexts and metaphors will disapprove. Lovely synthesized score; brutal body horror and violence; cruddy cinematography. An unexpectedly stylish, refreshingly retro entry in the modern horror genre.
[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*
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.
There is an underlying creepiness to this film, but for reasons that we are all subliminally aware of. The control shown by the "auditioners", starting out normally and eventually depicted as elitist monsters with power and influence over innocent people, is scary to say the least. Makes one think about the influence of other entities, such as our government, which adds to the unsettling feeling of this film.