SPOILERS are ahead for Smile, now playing in theaters.
When it gets to the final act of Smile, it feels as though we’ve gone through every scare and emotion with Sosie Bacon’s Rose. And yet, the Smile ending does not hold back. Contrary to our hopes that the evil entity haunting her will not get the last laugh, it sure does. And with that we know that the concept of Smile not only will continue to haunt us, but can live on.
During CinemaBlend’s interview with Smile’s writer/director Parker Finn, the filmmaker shared his intentions behind the horror movie’s finale. In his words:
It sounds like Smile 2 is not out of the question thanks to its chilling ending. In the final moments of the movie, Sosie Bacon’s character becomes consumed by the evil entity by setting herself on fire as Kyle Gallner’s Joel watches and inevitably inherits the same haunting next. Smile was the big box office success of the weekend, earning back its budget and more so. When we asked Gallner his own feelings on the conclusion of the horror film, he said this:
Smile has one of those great horror endings that certainly underlines the message of the movie and leaves one a bit scared of smiles once walking out. But it also leaves the door open for more of the story to be explored. While Rose and Joel learned a lot about the evil entity that creates these maniacal smiles before she dies, it still feels like there could be more to the lore of Smile’s terrifying villain, a sequel could delve into.
In addition to its commercial success, the movie got a thumbs up from critics overall, including through CinemaBlend’s own Smile review. The movie was even praised by legendary horror author Stephen King, who gave a shout out to Sosie Bacon’s performance. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage about this spooky season’s upcoming horror movies.