White of the Eye (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

White of the Eye (1987)




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A stylish take on the woman in jeopardy and mad killer genres, White of the Eye poses the question, What would you do if you suspected your loving husband to be a serial killer? Arizonan Paul White (David Keith) is an expert at installing high-end stereo systems in the homes of wealthy citizens. He has been married to Joan (Cathy Moriarty) for ten years, having seduced her away from a violent criminal, Mike DeSantos (Alan Rosenberg). A series of brutal murders of well-to-do women has citizens of Paul and Joan's town on edge. When evidence at the scene of the second murder points to Paul, Joan tries to fend off the suspicions of police detective Charles Mendoza (Art J. Evans), even as she begins to see signs of violence in her husband that confirm the accusation. Director Donald Cammell, who co-wrote the script with his wife China, offers a fragmented narrative characterized by quick cutting; subjective, handheld camera work; and optical tricks that suggest the unraveling of Paul's mind. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: Aug 7, 1991
The Cannon Group


David Keith
as Paul White
Cathy Moriarty
as Joan White
Art Evans
as Detective Charles Me...
Alan Rosenberg
as Mike Desantos
Alberta Watson
as Ann Mason
Michael Greene
as Phil Ross
William G. Schilling
as Harold Gideon
David Chow
as Fred Hoy
Danielle Smith
as Danielle White
China Cammell
as Ruby Hoy
Danko Gurovich
as Arnold White
Mimi Lieber
as Liza Manchester
Pamela Seamon
as Caryanne
Bob Zache
as Lucas Herman
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Critic Reviews for White of the Eye

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The bottom line is that you have to see this movie.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Dread Central

The brilliant cinematography in this slasher thriller is what takes it out of the ordinary realm of such gory thrillers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

November 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for White of the Eye


Compared favorably to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, White of the Eye actually departs from that time-honored template with a more scandalous character study. The quasi-spiritual opening of an Arizona hawk in flight weirdly glazes the film with a red-blooded Americana feel. This was produced under the Cannon Films label and automatically the notion of a kamikaze bloodbath flashes before the viewers. Expectations aren't dissuaded during a fashion model's assault in her kitchen. It's par for the course except the voyeuristic close-ups of a crazed eyeball darting around. It's an effectively hellacious shot selection. David Keith is brilliant as Paul White whose untoward talent is echolocation like "there is a tuning fork in [his] sinuses". It's a niche trait but it also substantiates that White isn't bordering on normalcy. White is not antisocial. He is a blue-collar sound installation man with a family which might be more galvanizing when he is aroused by predatory hunting. The crown jewel is Paul ranting his ethos about being "chosen" to eradicate the "misery" of women and the female "black hole" in the universe. The 70's flashbacks are retro-corny with bouffant hairstyles, tape decks and hippie attitudes. The surreal camera angles are avant-garde (a Fritz Lang exchange about cookie between Paul and his daughter) but the real culprit is pointless dawdling. An introspective expose on the tightrope act of a moonlighting serial killer would've been a fruitful area. Instead Donald Cammell squanders the opportunity on frivolous subplots around Paul's supposedly extramarital affair and Joan's (Cathy Moriarty) splintered relationship with Mike (Alan Rosenberg). By the point where Keith is stalking his prey with Apache war paint, it is too foolish to be taken seriously anymore.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


i haven't seen it in awhile but this is a pretty good and suspenseful slasher that was filmed in my town :)

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Strange left field genre film that manages to thrill and confuse in equal measure. Finally a movie featuring Hi-Fi too. I almost wept with joy...

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