Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Theatre-goers who attended screenings of Top Gun: Maverick and Crimes of the Future reported seeing a short teaser for a horror movie called Smile before those films. Now a full trailer for Smile has been released online, and you can check it out in the embed above! Coming our way from Paramount Players, Smile is set to receive a theatrical release on September 30th.

When Smile began filming in New Jersey last October, it was going by the title Something’s Wrong with Rose. Sosie Bacon (Charlie Says), the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, stars in the film, taking on her first lead role in a studio movie. Bacon is joined in the cast by Kal Penn (the Harold & Kumar movies), Kyle Gallner (Red State), Jessie T. Usher (The Boys), Rob Morgan (Mudbound), Judy Reyes (Scrubs), Caitlin Stasey (Neighbours), and Gillian Zinser (90210).

Written and directed by Parker Finn, Smile is based on Finn’s short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, which won the Special Jury Recognition Prize in SXSW’s Midnight Short category. Stasey played the title character in that short, and it seems like she might be reprising the role in Smile (briefly, judging by the trailer), making this a follow-up of sorts.

Bacon is playing

a psychiatrist who, after a bizarre and traumatic event involving a patient, begins to experience terrifying occurrences that only she can see, and grows increasingly convinced that she’s being pursued by a malevolent supernatural force.

Smile was produced by Temple Hill, with Nathan Samdahl and Natalia Maymi overseeing the project for Paramount Players.

I found moments in the Smile trailer to be effectively unsettling, so I have hopes that this is going to turn out to be good. What did you think of the trailer? Share your thoughts on this one by leaving a comment below.


By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.