The sketch performer talks about going intense and dark in this Internet-themed horror flick from director Michael J. Gallagher.
I write this without having seen "Smiley," but man is that some late 90's/early 00's horror movie right there. From the poster with the cast arranged under an image of the killer to the ripped straight from "Strangeland" killer on the Internet plot, it would be right at home during the "I Know What You Did Last Summer"/"Urban Legends" slasher heyday. And it's even got a knowing character who's well-versed in horror tropes a la "Scream," played by Shane Dawson.
In this clip, Dawson talks about taking the role and getting outside of his usual comfort zone as an actor while attempting to show fans a new side of himself as the kind of unbalanced horror fan, Riley.
From the official synopsis:
A twisted killer let loose. A college student yearning for a fresh start. Internet trolls looking for trouble. It all comes together in SMILEY: the most terrifying and controversial horror film of the year. Troubled teen Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) mistakenly summons a devious murderer named Smiley to kill a stranger online. With the help of her nerdy friend Binder (Shane Dawson), an insightful college professor (Roger Bart) and a skeptical detective (Keith David), Ashley must decide whether she is going insane or becoming Smiley’s next victim.