11 user 12 critic

The Smiling Man (2015)

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.


A.J. Briones


A.J. Briones, A.J. Briones (story) | 1 more credit »
16 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Abbi Chally Abbi Chally ... Little Girl
Strange Dave ... The Smiling Man
Mellisa Chally Mellisa Chally ... The Mother
Richard Dorton ... The Smiling Man (voice)
Charlee Kaye ... Little Girl (voice) (as Charlee Foster)
Mikki Foster Mikki Foster ... The Mother (voice)


A six-year-old innocent girl is upstairs in her room watching cartoons. She is in her home cocooned in total safety, however, completely unsuspecting of the fact that she is actually being watched by an intangible, yet constant and equally insidious menace. But she is so young and her purity makes her such an easy prey for whatever fiendish lurks in the shadows, yearning to entice the frail lithe girl just a bit closer to it, little by little. Undoubtedly, the trail of enticements is lustrous and dazzling and utterly inescapable, but sadly, so is the girl's fate. Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Creepy with a capital C.


Short | Horror | Thriller


Did You Know?


They started shooting The Smiling Man on actress Abby's 6th birthday. The state of California's film laws only allow children under 6 years of age to be on set for 4 hours a day; so Abby's Mother suggested that they wait to start filming on Abby's birthday, which they did. See more »


Features Circus Capers (1930) See more »

User Reviews

Great fresh take on clown horror
17 October 2016 | by FooserXSee all my reviews

This is the year of the clown when it comes to horror, it seems. With so many movies and shorts dealing with killer clowns, this one stands out to me. When we first see the smiling man, he doesn't look too menacing. As the short goes on, we see him laughing and painting his face with blood to mimic the look of a clown as he develops a relationship with the young girl. Finally, we see where the blood is coming from...and we really get a full injection of insanity and evil. Because he doesn't have the standard look of the clown, it's even more unnerving. I absolutely adored this short, and the creativity behind something so simple.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Website





Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Smiling Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Defiant Images See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed