Horror Comes to those who Wait
Sarah (Alex Essoe) headed to Hollywood to become an actress but as is so often the case has found herself working as a waitress whilst going to auditions and dealing with plenty of rejection. But Sarah believes she will make it and that working as a waitress in a small diner is beneath her, as are the roles which her fellow actresses take even if they do take delight in belittling her. But Sarah has a secret as when ever things get to her she hides in a room and starts tearing her hair out which is how she finds herself getting a call back after a less than spectacular first audition. But as every time she returns things she are asked to get stranger and stranger.
It may sound a cliched but as in what some people see as trash others see as treasure, what some people think is a great movie others think is pretentious garbage. I won't go as far as to say that "Starry Eyes" was pretentious garbage but I will say that this movie is a slow burner with a very distinct style which simply wasn't for me. It is very much the combination of the slowness and very deliberate styling which stopped me from getting in to "Starry Eyes" as it makes it hard work. To put this simply I reckon during the first 30 minutes we have had a couple of scenes of Sarah tearing her hair out, a scene of a bitchy other actress, her disregard for her waitressing job and a couple of curious auditions but none of this is enthralling.
The trouble also extends to the characters as everyone in this is a bland forgettable bunch with many seeming to be nameless or at least I couldn't remember their names or what their point was in the story. It isn't that the acting itself is bad, in fact Alex Essoe did do a nice job of playing her part and making Sarah a bit of an outsider who thinks she is above others, but the characters were uninteresting. And to be honest the actual horror elements of the movie are not that entertaining either although it starts to deliver some during the final 15 minutes.
What this all boils down to is that I am sure there are those who will love the odd nature of "Starry Eyes", I would imagine those who like David Lynch may enjoy it. But for those who prefer their horror more mainstream this may be to slow and odd to endure despite hitting you with some horror towards the end.