Review by CJ
Sean Simon, Paul Foltz
A young man taking a walk at 2am encounters another man. A man with an eerie smile. A man who doesn’t respond when spoken to.
2AM: The Smiling Man manages to do in four minutes what many horror films cannot achieve in 90 minutes — invoke heart-pounding terror.
In its simplicity 2AM: The Smiling Man is wonderful. The atmosphere is dark and gritty. The one line of dialogue packs a dramatic punch, breaking through the verbal silence at a peak moment. The eponymous Smiling Man’s costume is ridiculous but perfectly complements the character and, like a clown costume, it serves to immediately unsettle the viewer.
The use of sound in 2AM: The Smiling Man was one of the first things that caught my attention. What is happening visually is unsettling, but it is the perfectly timed crescendos and sudden audio outbursts that really make 2AM: The Smiling Man terrifying.
The acting in 2AM: The Smiling Man is good. Foltz’s portrayal of Smiling Man is fascinating to watch and creepy to boot. Simon’s reactions from the very start rely on non-verbal cues and are impressive.
If you love a good horror flick and have a few minutes to spare, I highly recommend checking out 2AM: The Smiling Man.
“What the hell do you want?!”