Blu-ray Review: THE MIND’S EYE

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THE MIND’S EYE was written and directed by Joe Begos and stars Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Matt Mercer, Noah Segan, and Larry Fessenden.

Zack Connors (Graham Skipper) and Rachel Meadows (Lauren Ashley Carter) were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak (John Speredakos), a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.

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The movie focuses mainly on Zack, Rachel, and the not-so-good Dr. Slovak who is as sinister as they come. Zack and Rachel are the most powerful people with abilities that Slovak has come across and the madman is determined to suck their powers dry and inject it all in himself. The scary thing is that it slowly works as the movie plays out. With each dose, the doctor slowly morphs into an even more deranged monster with powers equal to or even more powerful than his patients/victims. All of this also leads to a bloody trail of bodies that ends up getting in the line of fire, one way or another. Maybe there’s a few who didn’t serve to be taken out so violently but then there are the ones who really got what was coming to them. All of this death and craziness leads to the ultimate showdown of who is more powerful than the other that concludes in an explosive finale.

One thing is for sure and that’s the fact that we don’t get enough movies that deal with telekinesis or psychokinesis which makes this one here a breath of fresh air for horror fans who are starving for something a little different. The story was well written and all of the acting was really good. The characters were still interesting without a heavy dose of character development and that’s a rarity when it comes to any kind of movie. There’s just enough information given about these characters so the viewer doesn’t get lost or lose interest in them. Joe Begos did a great job capturing the intensity and insanity that The Mind’s Eye possesses and that’s what made it such a fantastic experience. It’s nonstop psychokinetic chaos with never a dull moment. There’s also the fantastic practical effects that helped make this movie even more of a wild treat. Even the isolated setting and wintery location were spot on and played an important part. And if that’s not enough, there’s the sound that is used for the powers and it is freaking awesome!

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images, and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. RLJ Entertainment has included some alternate artwork and movie credits on the reverse sleeve so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the cover. I’d like to see RLJ do more of this with their releases. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Be sure you crank this one up after you hit the play button!

Bottom line is, The Mind’s Eye has ended up being one of my favorite horror movies of 2016 and is one of those rare treats that I’ve ended up revisiting numerous times already. The most impressive thing to me about The Mind’s Eye is that it’s a full blown indie film that plays out like one of the big boys from Hollyweird. Everything about this movie was well executed and that’s what makes it such a crazy cool watch. Joe Begos has now solidified himself as a really good storyteller and filmmaker and I’m looking forward to what he comes up with next because I know it’ll be something unique and off the chain. Fans of horror classics like Scanners and The Fury will hopefully enjoy this movie and appreciate it as much as I did. The Mind’s Eye fits right in with those two classics but it takes the psychokinetic insanity and chaos to a whole new level. This Blu-ray releases on October 4th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The Blu-ray includes two different audio commentaries and a great featurette that takes the viewer behind-the-scenes and shows how some of the special effects were created and more.

  • A Look Into the Eye of Madness Featurette
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Joe Begos
  • Producer’s Commentary featuring Joe Begos, Josh Ethier, Graham Skipper and Zak Zeman

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