Release Date: 16 March
2014 | 18 | DVD Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Marc Senter
Back in 1968
it was actor Guy Woodhouse’s consuming ambition which led to the Satanic impregnation of his wife, Rosemary. In Starry Eyes, struggling Sarah ( Alex Essoe) proceeds down a parallel path. After auditioning for a role in horror film The Silent Scream, she discovers more is expected of her – and not just the failure to flinch when an aged producer paws her thigh. Success requires sacrifice.
Starry Eyes’ central metaphor isn’t exactly subtle. Hollywood is evil. Movie stars are practically a different species. Selling out is selling your soul.
As the road ahead is straight and clear, the journey to Sarah’s ultimate destination takes a tad too long, dragging a little once she starts to descend into Cronenbergian bodily disintegration. But it all pays off eventually, thanks to some eyepoppingly graphic violence. And what could have been an unremittingly grim exercise is leavened with dry humour, with Pat Healy particularly amusing as the owner of the cheesy fast- food joint where Sarah earns a crust.
Best of all, though, is Jonathan Snipes’s throbbing synth score. Sure, it’s flagrantly a homage to John Carpenter, but it’s sufficiently sleek to transcend mere pastiche.
Extras: Commentary by the directors and a producer; 10 deleted scenes; Essoe’s audition tape; a music video; gallery; trailer. Ian Berriman
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