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Five Across the Eyes
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Five Across the Eyes (2006)

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"On their way home from a high school football game, five teenage girls become hopelessly lost. When they stop to get directions at a desolate store, the girls are involved in a minor fender bender which leaves an unattended SUV one headlight short. Inexperienced and frightened that they'll get into trouble, the girls flee the scene of the accident and speed away down the dark and unfamiliar roads. As they blindly make their way across an area the locals call THE EYES, the girls are suddenly shocked to see one lone headlight appear behind them. As the driver of the damaged SUV begins one terrifying assault after another, the five girls will lose their innocence and possibly their lives in this brutal and shocking thrill ride."


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Review Date: 07 August 2008 My Rating: out of 5

 

This gritty low-fi teen terror flick features five young girls on their way home from a football game who find themselves being chased across an area known locally as The Eyes by a psycho lady trucker whose car they’ve damaged.

The film is of the lowest possible quality with no real production values. Instead, every shot is taken from inside the protagonists’ van with only car lights and flashlights to highlight the action.

The five young girls who are all newcomers do alright, but at times are too screechy and made to endure stupid script moves, such as the lady who runs into barbed wire and then decides to cover her entire face in sticking plaster with her back to the killer whilst she is rampaging around nearby with a shotgun.

The villain is seven kinds of crazy and is actually quite memorable; making the ladies do all kinds of nasty, scuzzy things such as (beware of spoilers) “tinkle on their clothes”. That’s just for starters too, and it doesn’t take her long to warm up, as she’s soon ripping out teeth with pliers and raping them with screwdrivers.

Five Across the Eyes is incredibly gritty and would have been completely shocking had it not been for an unbalanced tone which sees the girls fleeing in terror one moment and then laughing about things as they toss their own faeces onto the antagonist’s windshield in a car chase, spouting choice nuggets (pardon the pun) of dialogue such as the comments made to the young lady who had just (and I’m paraphrasing here) snapped off a cigar in her own hand.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Most horror critics who have seen this film have been overwhelmingly positive about it and most horror fans have hated it. I am stuck somewhere in between. FATE (as the filmmakers call it) is a surprisingly different, highly ambitious, decidedly sickening tale of terror. It’s also poorly made and at times poorly written, opting instead to use its indie card to achieve sympathy and cult status.



Reviewer: Steven Davies @braindeadsteve
Location:Luton, UK
Review Date: 04 May 2008 My Rating: out of 5

Today see's the UK DVD release of Greg Swinson and Ryan Thiessen's grossly effective slasher-type horror flick 'Five Across the Eyes'. I, for one, had no idea as to what to expect from this nasty little experience and had only really been drip fed on recent various tele-visual marketing campaigns. From here it just looked like a normal run-of-the-mill screaming teenage girlies running around wildly in the dark trying to avoid their twisted persuer whilst being bested over and over again even though they clearly outnumber the psycho. Well, that isn't a million miles away from the basic concept of 'Five Across the Eyes'.

Five teenage girls utilise their women's intuitions and legendary feminine sense of direction and get lost on what surely should have been a routine return journey from a high school football game. They stop to get directions at an in-the-middle of nowhere type store and are pointed in the direction of an area known locally as 'The Eyes' (get it!). After a brief moment of immatureness the girls somehow manage to get involved in a minor collision with a parked car and after some lacklustre acting and dialogue that almost made me roll my eyes and reach for the remote they decide to speed off and to not look back (would a note pinned to the windscreen have really hurt?).

Minutes later they find theirselves the victims of what appears to be a revenge attack from the owner of the recently damaged SUV. And man is she pissed! She chases them down and leaps from her vehicle brandishing a gun and screams for the girls to get out their car and humilate them by undressing and even getting one of the poor bints to piss all over the ready pile of clothes. Why? I've no idea. Maybe I should continue to watch, maybe I'll find out just what this crazeee bitches' motivation is. Has she just been refused an insurance quote from Sheila's Wheels? Is it an extreme case of time of the month and the local store was fresh out of sanitary products? Well, let me save you the trouble, because this is one of the unanswered branches of this very strange movie.

The acting (from all 5 girls) is pretty low par. I mean it's clearly a massively low-budget production from start to end and for some of these girls it's probably a break in. However, we're practically forced into watching five mentalists scream and cry for at least two thirds of the movie. Even to the extent at some points I couldn't even make out what was being said. So that brings me neatly into the production values itself.

The movie is filmed uniquely from the point of view of the inside of the girls car. In fact, from recollection, all the action is filmed from within and the camera never leaves. Some could argue, a great idea, fresh and challenging. But most will likely chalk that down to budget restrictions. The camerawork was dizzying to say the least at times and the picture was constantly grainy. Lighting, sound and camerawork was all pretty shoddy. I even spotted a couple of times the camera lost focus. Think Blair Witch on 8 cans of Stella.

Yet, someone needs to explain to me just why I wanted to watch to the end. For some unknown reason I was drawn into the movie and almost felt I needed closure. I could have turned it off at any moment in pure disgust but something gripped me enough to want to carry on watching and waiting for the overall conclusion (which by the way simply turns out to be a crappy in-joke).

OVERALL SUMMARY
The acting was a bit of a mixed bag and the production was overly amateurish. It could have done with about 25 minutes of less-screaming. 'Five Across the Eyes' is quite unique to most things I've seen recently, but that doesn't mean it's fresh and original by any stretch of the imagination. The flick even manages to squeeze practically every bodily fluid into it...there's wee-wee, poo-poo, sicky uppy, blood and nastiness. There's torturous and humiliation scenes and some are a little unsettling and feel a little like an overly forced facility for possible shock-value.




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