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Dark Discussions Podcast – Episode 552 – SMILE (2022)

The early October 2022 horror film, SMILE, appeared with little star power.  Though Sosie Bacon, the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, stars in the movie, besides her famous parents, the movie had no recognizable names or stars.  However, with a strong marketing pitch and released by Paramount Pictures, the movie became a huge success at the box office as well as critics and fans alike.

Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon), a survivor of an abusive mother, puts her entire life into her work to cope with her own personal demons.  When a frightening encounter with a new disturbed patient occurs, she goes on a journey to understand what happened.  But soon real demons begin to threaten her.  Is she going insane or is has some demonic presence begun to follow her.

Though receiving strong word of mouth, the movie has been compared to IT FOLLOWS (2014), RINGU (1998), THE RING (2002), and TRUTH OR DARE (2018), the movie has enough original to let it have its own vibe.  Disturbing and also focusing on suicide, the movie has become a sensation during Halloween earning over $200 million USD on a budget under $17 Million USD.  Your co-hosts take a look at this very interesting film.

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