Sometimes it feels like smiles come with a certain code that is hard to decipher. If you want to know why a guy is smiling at you, it is important to take into account the context and the other signals he is giving off. Otherwise, you might end up misinterpreting them and clutching onto them as proof of something you want to be true instead of something that actually is.
For instance, when a guy stares at you intensely and smiles in a way that is almost creepy, it might be because he thinks you are attractive and wants to start to win your attention. It is also a common sign that he is trying to figure out whether you are open to talking.
However, it could also be a sign that he is stalking you. This is especially true if he starts following you or making eye contact with you multiple times in a row. In this case, it is better to run away than to try and engage with him.
Euronews Culture continues its Halloween countdown by treating you to a horror short film every day this week. Today’s film is 2AM: The Smiling Man, directed by Michael Evans. This short is about a young man who is being stalked by a tall stranger with an inexplicable, cartoonish grin on his face. The storyteller tries to scare him off by swearing at him but the stranger isn’t scared and continues to dance and smile as he approaches.