White of the Eye Reviews

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½ August 2, 2008
i haven't seen it in awhile but this is a pretty good and suspenseful slasher that was filmed in my town :)
July 14, 2014
Bizarre, one of a kind 80's movie that im having a hard time labelling or pegging down, though it has elements of all three, it's just too out there and weird to be simply called a slasher/thriller/horror, it's best described as an American Giallo. White Of The Eye is a seriously juicy cult item for 80's genre aficionados, i dont know how i've never even heard of it, and watching it on the always dependable Arrow Video's beautiful blu ray transfer (keeping the grain but making the colors pop) makes me wonder what other cinematic treasures there are out there hidden from sight, the movie takes the similar slasher movie, woman in peril, psycho thriller genres and has it always unfold in a completely unnatural way, giving us a fascinating, even somewhat complex marital conundrum that any conventional thriller would go down the simple get away/chase route, although these things occur in the plot, again though it all unfolds in such a off kilter way that it makes for an unpredictable, uncomfortable and riveting film experience. The death scenes are shot like an 80's art instillation and the cinematography and visual look of the film are amazing and stylish. It's not for everyone, but this is a real cult find, a great twist on the "is my husband a killer"? story, and it has a seriously mad climax which stunningly caps off a fairly demented, intense film experience in a big, how did we get here? kinda way. For twisted freaks, genre lovers, 80's cult enthusiasts and those who love their films with a heavy side order of freaky.
March 25, 2013
Why is this film so unpopular? Other than some dated music I thought it was really good! David Keith is really scary and Cathy Moriarty is strong and convincing. Excellent stuff!
September 8, 2009
A largely overlooked and criminally underrated film from Donald Cammell.
As one would expect from such a visionary artist White of the Eye is visually and aurally resplendent throughout with some eye popping set-pieces and driving music score courtesy of Nick Mason (Pink Floyd).
Two sequences in particular are reminscent of Dario Argento and Mario Bava.
Whilst the story is pretty much a basic stalk and slash, the inventive visuals and narrative arc which are afforded this film set it aside from it's contemporaries.
In fact White of the Eye is part slasher, part psychological drama come character study.
There are very few films like this because of the unique visual composition and the way Cammell tells the story.
This consists of overexposed flashbacks and unusual editing techniques.
Both David Keith and Cathy Moriarty are great and some of the dialogue between the two is both spiritual and intellectual.
White of the Eye being borderline arthouse doesn't cater to someone who doesn't appreciate art and intellectual cinema.
If you find Hollywood trash is rotting your brain and doesn't stimulate your mind try giving Cammell's film a try.
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