Five Across the Eyes Reviews
But the natural settings are suitable for a sense of genuine menace and the girls' continuous screaming, much like a Sonic Youth record, eventually crawls just under your skin. Violence is almost all of it off-screen so not much gore but you do sense its nastiness. There's a toolbox.
No better horror like The Last House On The Left and I Spit On Your Grave have been praised as 'groundbreaking' and 'influential' and it's a shame really because at the very least Five Across The Eyes never takes its self that seriously (nifty Euro-tune at the end credits). Hopefully this little indie will shift a few hundred units but even so once, and only once, should be enough.
It sounds like a workable enough concept however this film is so fundamentally flawed in pretty much every department that FATE (hows that for an acronym?) is barely even watchable. I'll acknowledge the minuscule budget again however if I were to go out and make an incomprehensible film with my camcorder and then sent it out to various film-festivals I wouldn't expect anything less than a critical pasting regardless of how much money I did or didn't spend or how many 'non-actors' I used, so here goes.
First thing's first, the dialogue is terrible, I was going to write down some examples but there became too many. It's just inane, as are the characters, and I used that term loosely. Of course the dialogue isn't helped by the pitiful acting on display. These are 'non-actors' and from what I can see only one of the cast has actually done film work since this, according to the imdb anyway. The reasons for this are clear to anyone who has seen this film, however just because they are 'non-actors' it doesn't mean their acting has to be quite this atrocious. When I was a student I made a short film and I used drama students, the result was that a cast of technically 'non-actors' could actually act quite well and thus it was probably the strongest aspect of my rather clunky ten minute film. What I am saying is there just isn't any excuse.
It's not even like there are any redeeming features, the camera work is so shockingly bad that it is nearly impossible to see what is going on. It is a grainy handheld camera which spends most of the film inside the car. In theory this should help to create a claustrophobic atmosphere but it is nothing more than an annoyance. There are scenes where they girls think they are free of danger only to see a set of headlights appear in the distance. It's a good job that we are informed of this verbally because the picture is so grainy and downright indistinguishable that we cant see anything for ourselves. In fact it's difficult enough to make out the people in the car let alone whatever might be outside. Then there are the scenes when the girls are panicking within the car and the camera goes berserk pointing indiscriminately in every direction regardless of where the 'action' is actually happening. It just sucks the will to live from within everyone who is watching it, well mine anyway.
The fact that this film has a DVD release which appears to be the on par with any other 'horror' films is terribly misleading too. There are various kudos from supposedly respectable websites and references to certain nominations for certain awards, the Razzies no doubt. This is nothing more than a hodgepodge and is one of the most excruciating films I've ever experienced. Avoid, if only for your own sanity.
(2006) Five Across The Eyes
Cheapie looking, done by via- camcorder made in the same fashion as "The Blair Witch Project" except that all of the events happen at a car and a deserted highway! This thing that's called a film focuses on 5 young teenage girls on their way home, decide to stop by for some directions. After driving away from an accidental hit on run causing a dented fender of a SUV, they soon realize that the person they hit was a psychotic lunitic who does nothing but stalks and terrorizes these five teenage girls througout the entire film which resulted in plenty of bawling and wailing and sometimes unconvincingly so. The fast-forward helped past time since it consists of alot of pointless babbling and screaming. Made like a student project film with second rate acting from a bunch of wannabes!
I just watched this movie because I know I will have to make films for college probably by the beginning of next year. I saw this movie was a low budget, horror flick that most likely used student actors. The movies I will have to make will also be low budget and use student actors, however my movies will be of much higher quality with talented actors and a plot that doesn't make me want to vomit. Everything about "Five Across the Eyes" is so like atrocious, I can't really take it seriously.
I really like the poster of this film though. It shows emotional tension, fear, hopelessness, and blood. If only the movie was half as good as the poster....Anyway, I watched the credits and it seriously looks like 5 people worked on this film, there was like hardly any film crew lol. Just goes to show how blatantly awful this movie was.
The reason why i didn't give it 100, was because of two things: First, the music in the background kind of ruined the suspense..there gold (i think)was to make it look real by filming with a cam.corder to give the effect that it is really happening. Second, some scenes were a lil'bit slow but not too much. The makeupfx ( the blood and gore) were really good, cuz if they used some CGI it would completely destroy the effect of " its really happening".
For those whodon't know what the movie is about, its about five teenage girls who stumble upon a road named the eyes. They are chased by a phsychopath,,, and so on.
It's a really good movie, if u like those sort of film, go and rent it. Or if your just looking for a low-budget fun movie, u wouldn't want to miss this one :)