A Private War
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The bottom line is that you have to see this movie.
The brilliant cinematography in this slasher thriller is what takes it out of the ordinary realm of such gory thrillers.
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.
i haven't seen it in awhile but this is a pretty good and suspenseful slasher that was filmed in my town :)
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