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Horror Short Sunday: ‘The Smiling Man’

by Timothy Rawles

The week’s short film is 2016’s The Smiling Man which follows a little girl who appears to be in her house alone, that is until she is plied with balloons and toys into the kitchen.

With excellent special effects and torqued up tension, The Smiling Man makes up for its brevity with a great story and acting.

Director A.J. Briones has worked on the visual effects for movies such as War of the Planet of Apes, Battleship and World War Z so he knows how to frame a believable monster.

Melanie Leandro does the special makeup FX work here. The monster is played by stuntman, actor and contortionist Strange Dave.

Take a look at The Smiling Man and let us know what you think.

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