Blind Date Film Details
Overview: A man goes blind when remembering his lost girlfriend, but the doctors can’t find anything wrong with his eyes. They fit him with an experimental device which allows him to see with the aid…
Tagline: You won’t be coming home alone.
Review: Here’s a Greek thriller with horror overtones which passes the time well without really breaking any new genre boundaries. I did think the computer device which enables the lead to see white outlines on a black background was a very impressive (if not very realistic) creation which allows for plenty of disconcerting (not to mention cool-looking) visuals. Things become a little muddled when this device gives the lead some kind of psychic link (yes, that again) with a killer for no apparent reason, so instead it skips over the technical aspects and just hopes the audience will accept the device at face value. The film definitely appears to have been influenced by the Italian giallo movies, with a series of innocent women being stalked and gruesomely killed by a mystery killer with an unknown motive. The killer even has his own distinct methods like always wearing rubber gloves at the crime and using a scalpel, believing himself to be a doctor. The one thing the film lacks is a true explanation of the murderer’s motives, and instead we just have to take him and his reasons at face value. The stalk sequences make good use of shadows and lighting to build up some impressive atmosphere at moments. The film is pretty grisly without actually showing anything, instead cutting away at the last moment from the crime. It does have a hard edge and sleazy atmosphere which is to be expected, I guess, when your director is Nico Mastorakis, the director of the infamous video nasty ISLAND OF DEATH. A strong cast also do their jobs well and help to root the film in reality, as well as creating real sympathy for the characters. Joseph Bottoms (one of the lesser known of four brothers) takes the lead role and convincingly portrays a man coming to terms with his blindness – a scene in the subway where he fights back against a gang of thugs is great stuff. James Daughton only appears at the very end of the film as the killer but his performance is chilling nonetheless. Genre favourite Keir Dullea enjoys a cameo turn as a mad/genius scientist and seems to have fun with his part, although he is only on screen for about ten minutes. Also keep an eye out for the guy billed as “crazy old man” who enjoys hiding in women’s bathrooms – one of the weirdest bit characters you’re likely to see. The rest of the cast are mainly women, and most of the unknown actresses end up being undressed or in the shower for obvious gratuitous reasons (amusingly one of these actresses was a then-unknown Marina Sirtis, better known for her starring role in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. I bet she leaves this one off her resume…). Kirstie Alley has the thankless role of the lead’s girlfriend but her character is totally superfluous to the plot, and the least the writer could have done would have been to endanger her in some way for an extra frisson. Popular blonde Lana Clarkson also has a fairly prominent role as a model who becomes a victim, taking a break from her usual “barbarian” type roles at the time. There are a few minor moments in the film which resemble those in other popular movies (for example one scene is unmistakably reminiscent of REAR WINDOW) but BLIND DATE largely avoids the pitfall of becoming too clichéd. It does, howeve, offer plenty of realism and raw characters, some mild horror, a few shocks and plenty of suspense and atmosphere towards the end. The only thing missing is real excitement, thrills and chills.
Country: UK, USA, Greece
Duration: 103 min
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Also known as: Μάτια μέσα στη νύχτα,Morilec brez obraza,Sokea todistaja,Blind Date,Deadly Seduction,Свидание с незнакомцем,Fantomkép,Cita a ciegas,Matia mesa sti nyhta,Сляпа среща,Ubica bez lica,Encontro na Escuridão,Cita ciega,Morderen kommer i mørket,Visão Fatal,Onde de choc,Po omacku