The Killer Eye – USA, 1998 – reviews

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‘Terror vision…’

The Killer Eye is a 1998 American science fiction comedy horror feature film directed by David DeCoteau (Creepozoids; Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy; Evil Exhumed) using the pseudonym Richard Chasen.

The screenplay was by Neal Marshall Stevens [as Benjamin Carr] (Thir13en Ghosts; Hellraiser: DeaderHead of the Family), Matthew Jason Walsh and Rolfe Kanefsky (The Black RoomSorority Slaughterhouse; Jacqueline Hyde). Mark Williams designed and created the eye monster. The movie stars Jacqueline Lovell, Jonathan Norman, Nanette Bianchi, Costas Koromilas, Dave Oren Ward and Blake Bailey.

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The film was released on 18 January 1999 via Charles Band’s Full Moon Features and was belatedly followed up with a 2011 sequel, Killer Eye: Halloween Haunt. The film’s poster re-used Wizard Video’s  artwork for The Headless Eyes (1971).

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Plot:

A mad scientist attempts to enter the eighth dimension, and in one failed experiment, his assistant loses an eye and the eye quickly expands into a lustful gigantic monster…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” … for all of The Killer Eye‘s faults, hardly anyone other than Full Moon Features, the studio behind the Puppet Master and Subspecies series, knows how to churn out cut-rate monster movies these days. And if that’s your pleasure, excessively creepy sex scenes aside, you might enjoy The Killer Eye.” Keith Phipps, A.V. Club

” … it’s an unsexy softcore flick, an unscary horror film, and an unfunny comedy. Nothing works in this picture, from the poorly structured story, to the sparsely decorated sets. Even the actors suck in comparison to the performances they gave in Head of the Family and Hideous!” Steve Miller, 150 Movies You Should Die Before You See

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The Killer Eye isn’t nearly as killer as it is horny, as it spends the majority of its time molesting its entranced victims with its slimy tentacles. Things pick up in the final act, when bad science is replaced with bad jokes and a number of ridiculous gags. This one is best left to the B-movie fans with eyeball fetishes.” I Like Horror Movies

” …The Killer Eye could have maybe been something akin to Anguish (1987) and drawn connections between the horny eye impotently looking on as women writhe before it and the obvious connection with the viewer left impotently watching the extended sex scenes the film offers. However, The Killer Eye is not a film steeped in meta-fictional self-awareness.” Richard Scheib, Moria

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“It’s not the lame finale, constantly groan-able dialogue, or even Blake Bailey’s annoying performance as the comic relief janitor that drags this one down; what really makes this a chore to watch is the fact it runs a mere 66 minutes (minus credits) and still is boring as Hell. Plus it doesn’t help that the effects suck…” The Video Graveyard

Choice dialogue:

Rita: “You better tell your new buddy the eyeball here it’s gonna be awful hard for him to take over the world with one of my three-inch stiletto heels sticking outta his yucky f*cking face!”

Cast and characters:

  • Jacqueline Lovell … Rita Grady
  • Jonathan Norman … Dr. Jordan Grady
  • Nanette Bianchi … Jane
  • Costas Koromilas … Morton
  • Blake Adams … Creepy Bill (as Blake Bailey)
  • Ryan Van Steenis … Street Kid
  • Dave Oren Ward … Tom
  • Roland Martinez … Joe
  • Linnea Quigley … Bianca [archive footage]

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