Boy did Starry Eyes make an impression on me. It was in my top ten list for 2014 easily and made me remember just how much I adore culty, physical, sort-of body horror. In fact that’s a good point about Starry Eyes. People are having trouble classifying it. Is it more occult, supernatural… is it a mental mind fuck of a movie? Is it simply a degenerative picture the shows the depravity of the film industry? Is this body horror at or transformative horror with perfect demonic sensibilities?
Let’s say you’re an actress, trying to get a role in a movie that might give you a break with a well known, respected studio. What would you do to get the role? How far would you let the role take you and what would you let the production company do TO you? I’ve heard stories that suggest that the stone cold truth behind the events in Starry Eyes are more real than we would ever want to realize. Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer are about to show us that world, the seedy underbelly that gave birth to it and the other side of that coin… the place where the dimensional gap between fantasy and reality cross paths to show a deeper darker Twilight Zone that ends in self destruction, demonization and more bloody than any Serlng moral tale.
I love this flick because Alexandra Essoe is innocent and seductive while being perfectly deviant when she needs to be (to get the “part”) and all the time lovable. You’ll root for her through the end even though it may not be the polite thing to do. Essoe is a powerhouse. I fear and love her. There are moments in this feature where I felt strangely turned on by her performance, even in the most degrading of moments. I felt uneasy until I realized I was supposed to feel that way to a degree. She’s supposed to be playing the part of a girl who wants a role out of perfect working class desperation, will do anything to get it and convinces you, the audience, of this as much as she would convince her casting director in the movie itself.
The score is beyond perfect with its gorgeous 80’s synth aesthetic. I look forward to this vinyl hitting my shelves soon enough. Pulse pounding. Nerve wrenching… the perfect music to write to.
The story itself is well told with perfect twists and turns that lead you down a rabbit hole only to reveal that hole as a rabbit snare that skins you alive. Starry Eyes is a trap, and you’ll love being in it until it kills you.
You can pick up Starry Eyes on beautiful Blu-ray now. It has a double sided cover (the traditional art being my favorite). The disc includes a commentary track with the directors/writers as well as the Producer Travis Stevens, 10 deleted scenes, a music video by the composer Jonathan Stripes (a must watch), Alex Essoe’s audition video (also a must watch), the trailer and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery.
Order it now and let yourself be taken by a truly horrifying picture:
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