Indie Gems: Starry Eyes
How far would you go?
Sarah (Alex Essoe) is an aspiring actress in LA who's blown a few too many auditions. After one she was particularly excited for, she retreats to the restroom to throw one hell of a fit, pulling out her own hair. But strangely enough, a casting director (Maria Olsen) sees this and tells Sarah that's exactly what they're looking for. Soon, her auditions grow weirder and weirder and Sarah finds herself going to dangerous lengths to get what she wants.
For a film that stars mostly unknowns (though the wonderful Amanda Fuller and Marc Senter from Red, White and Blue have supporting roles) and was shot on a very small budget, this film looks great. The music is eerie, the cinematography is excellent, and the make up and effects are perfectly gory. It's one of the best looking indie horror films I've seen in a long time, and it's creepy as hell.
Then it gets even creepier. Essoe is a perfect fit for this role and she gives a hell of a performance. She elevates it and gives us something different from other films that involve cults. Plus there's something endlessly interesting about the dark parts of Hollywood.
Memorable Quote: "I am not a million other girls." - Sarah (Alex Essoe)