The Headless Eyes Film Details
Overview: Poor artist gets eye gouged out while committing a robbery. When his eye heals, he goes on a killing spree and cuts out women’s eyes with a spoon.
Tagline: He’s out there…out of sight, and out of his mind!
Review: A fat, ugly, bearded down on his luck & unsuccessful (for good reason) artist named Malcolm (Bo Brundin) finds paying the rent where he lives in New York City a little tough. So during the pre-credit sequence Malcolm breaks into a woman’s apartment in the middle of the night and tries to steal her money and jewellery. Unfortunately for Malcolm she wakes up and in the ensuing struggle between the two she gouges his left eyeball out with a spoon. Malcolm screams “my eye!” in pain as he escapes, his eyeball hanging from it’s socket. An unknown amount of time has passed and Malcolm now wears an eye-patch and he has nightmares/hallucinations about eyes. Malcolm owns a shop in New York City in which he sells art, including what looks like novelty clear square paper weights with eyes in the center. Two party goers stare at Malcolm through the window, late one night, and make fun of him. Malcolm takes offence and follows them both back to their apartment, kills them and gouges out their eyes, with a special spoon Malcolm carries around with him for just such an occasion! On his way back home the next morning a prostitute asks him if he is OK because he has blood on his hand which she thinks is his own and might be bleeding. She takes Malcolm back to her apartment and he kills her too, gouging her eyes out as well. And so the film continues in exactly the same vein for pretty much the rest of it’s duration. Written and directed by the seemingly very untalented Kent Bateman this is one extremely poor horror film. The script is a mess, most of the characters in the Headless Eyes are introduced to the viewer and then two minutes later killed by Malcolm. No one is given any meaningful lines or character development apart from Brundin. There are two other characters that the script tries to flesh out a little, Malcolms ex-wife Anna who is in it for one short sequence and then never seen again and a New York art school student who likes Malcolms work and tries to befriend him but again she is in the film for a very short amount of time in a very tight fifteen minute period and then disappears never to be seen again as quickly as she appeared in the first place. So, with basically no one but Brundin to carry the film we have a big problem already as he is absolutely terrible. He spouts inane dialogue that doesn’t mean a thing, pulls some funny faces every so often, is generally awful to watch and is overweight & very unattractive too. And why have the police not caught Malcolm? By the time the film ends he has killed over fifteen people in broad daylight, sometimes without gloves and in the victims own home as well possibly around their friends/family. The photography is some of the worst I’ve seen, it was obviously filmed on 16mm film using a hand-held camera, that’s the only explanation I can think of for the constant jerkiness. It often looks as if Bateman just pointed his camera in the general direction and hoped for the best. The whole production is poor throughout. Editing, music, direction and production values are rock bottom. New York City is a cool location and I liked the last ten or so minutes in the grimy slaughterhouse when Malcolm was stalking a woman through large animal carcasses and among dangerous looking meat hooks, this was easily the films best sequence overall but it in no way makes up for the previous 70 odd minutes of total amateurishness and tedium. The special effects are poor & the gore is generally quite tame with nothing more than a bit of fake blood running down peoples faces and a few scooped out eyes, nothing to shout about. I really can’t think of a single thing with which to recommend the Headless Eyes as entertainment, steer well clear of this incredibly bad film as there are so many better horror films out there much more worthy of your time.
Duration: 78 min
Also known as: The Headless Eyes,Matia horis kefali,Bloodthirsty Butchers,Bloodthirsty Butcher,Headless Eyes,Monofthalmos shizofrenis fonias