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Starry Eyes Blu-ray Review

Starry Eyes Blu-ray

“Starry Eyes” is a not so subtle body horror film.

The plot: Tired of working a dead end waitress job, a budding actress (Sarah) is hoping to get her big break in Hollywood. She gets her chance when she auditions for a horror flick called “The Silver Scream,” but she soon learns that the audition is for more than just for a part. To say anything more would be spoiling the second half (which I will not do).

Instead of telling a clever story about the Hollywood system, the high price of fame, and the lengths one is willing to go to achieve their goals, co-witers and directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer frustratingly overstate the obvious. There’s nothing remotely subtle about the story nor is there anything remotely surprising about where the plot is headed. Yes, the stylish and atmospheric David Cronenberg, Dario Argento and 70’s horror influences are appealing, but you’re left wanting more than what you get with this transformational gross out tale in which the lead character is put through the ringer.

One area where “Starry Eyes” does flourish, however, is with lead actress Alex Essoe. Despite how one may feel about the film, she deserves much credit for a fearless and brave performance. She truly gives it here all here and she’s far and away the best part of the entire feature film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? If nothing else, “Starry Eyes” is an atmospheric horror film that shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track is effective to be sure.

Extras:
* Dark Sky Films trailers and a “Starry Eyes” trailers.
* 10 deleted scenes.
* A behind the scenes photo gallery.
* A music video for Jonathan Snipes score.
* A nearly 14 minute Alex Essoe audition video.
* Commentary by Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, and Travis Stevens. A decent track that offers some informative tidbits about casting, locations, sound, themes, and so forth.

Overall Thoughts: “Starry Eyes” didn’t work for me, but many folks in the indie horror community are digging it. Give it a rent if the plot sounds intriguing to you.

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January 16, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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