A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 58 horror and horror-adjacent movies with big plot twists sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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Starry Eyes is an oversimplification of Hollywood stardom with a surreal start and an increasing allusion to a complex supernatural element. The lead character, Sarah, played by the excellent Alex Essoe, is being manipulated and possibly gaslit by a casting director. Think Rosemary’s Baby in LA. This is the last film you want to watch before an audition. It’ll jinx ya!
Two things are particularly interesting, here: the Hollywood dream and the witchcraft angle. The main protagonist hates her day job. She’s a waitress. She feels she’s on the brink of celebrity, but, one day, she starts losing it and gets physically sick. There’s some body horror thrown in for good measure. It takes a while to figure out who the antagonist is, if any.
Had this film been longer or better paced, it would’ve probably had time to explore its various subplots, which were all interesting. The exposition, for instance, feels neglected. On a technical level, there’s nothing wrong with this film. This is high quality cinematography. The performances are great. The script is purposely vague, and it culminates into a memorable third act.