The director of ‘Smile’, Parker Finn, told us the most exciting part of the reaction of the audience

the patient in smile

Smile is a movie that has haunted many of us throughout our movie experience. If you didn’t see it while it was in theaters, you sure watched that trailer over and over again that left you terrified every time. Following the story of Rose (Sosie Bacon) and the poignant threat of death that seems to have happened to her after a traumatic experience, the film shows how great fear and death hang over us.

From writer-director Parker Finn, the film is described as follows: “After witnessing a strange and traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter begins to experience terrifying events that she cannot explain. As overwhelming terror begins to take over her life, Rose must confront her haunting past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.”

We spoke with Finn himself in preparation for the film’s digital and streaming release! And it was a lovely conversation about inspirations and horror movies and that TikTok that made me realize that Sosie Bacon is the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Speaking with Finn, I asked him about receiving Smile and what has been the most exciting part.

“It’s been really surreal,” Finn said. “I think as a filmmaker you spent a lot of time screaming into the void, desperate for someone to turn and even look your way. And then suddenly making a film that the public seems to have accepted in the same way that they have with Smile it’s nothing short of amazing. It’s been the most satisfying part of the whole journey, hearing from people who really connected with him.”

As we began our conversation, I made a note that the movies you talked about as influences for Smile they all had female leads and it’s clear that he built on that while writing and making the film. And with a leading lady like Sosie Bacon, it’s no surprise that the movie works the way she does. So I asked him what inspired him to focus more on the psychological versus the “man with the axe” kind of horror with a movie like Smile.

“For me, it doesn’t matter what happens at night in a horror movie. A horror movie can’t scare me unless I’m deeply, deeply, deeply invested in the main character and the character’s plight and journey and all that stuff,” he said. “I think the best horror movies, in my opinion, are the ones that use horror as a way to explore the human condition and the psychology and the psychological nature of that is totally a part of that.”

You can watch our full interview here:

Smile is now available on Digital HD and streaming on Paramount+.

(Featured Image: Paramount Pictures)

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