Horror fans have compared the newly released film to smile to the cult favorite strip of 2014 It follows.
to smile was published last Wednesday (September 28). The film follows therapist Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) who meets a graduate student Laura (Caitlin Stasey) who recently witnessed the suicide of her professor.
When Laura dies by suicide in front of Rose, the gruesome moment sets off a chain of horrific events for Rose, who suddenly feels haunted by the same evil presence that had previously tormented her patient.
The being manifests as other people, recognizable only by a cool smile on their face.
The film has received mixed reviews. You can read The Independent‘s three-star rating here. However, many viewers have praised it to smile for his “terrific fear of jumping” and for being “really terrifying.”
Many people have pointed out similarities between the plot of to smile and that of David Robert Mitchell’s critically acclaimed 2014 horror film It follows.
It follows stars Maika Monroe as a young woman who is pursued by an unknown supernatural force after a strange sexual encounter. The film’s opening moments reveal that the being is passed on through sexual intercourse and that it will follow its victim until it kills them in a similar manner to smile.
Likewise the supernatural being of It follows also manifests as normal-appearing people.
“So that to smile movie is easy It follows? Because it looks the same It follows‘ one person wrote on Twitter.
Another added: “to smile is exactly like that It followsso please don’t waste your money.”
“to smile shit go see It follows instead,” said another.
A fourth person wrote: “to smile = It follows‘, with another caption: ‘Seen it all before. It follows. The ring etc. That said, I enjoyed it very much to smile.”
“We had the same feeling that it was a It follows/ring Clone but thought both were significantly better than to smile‘ said another viewer. “Enjoyed to smile but not on the same level as the other two imo.”
Someone else disagreed, writing: “to smile had absolutely no right to be as good as it is. Sure, it tears off the stories The ring and It follows but it manages its own identity through some awful visuals (that ending?!?!) and a standout Sosie Bacon. Another horror win for 2022.
Many people also said that the film was a mixture of both It follows and the Japanese horror film The ring.
to smile is now in UK and US cinemas.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/smile-horror-it-follows-the-ring-b2189187.html Smile: Viewers are comparing the “absolutely terrifying” film to 2014’s cult-favorite horror It Follows