Dan MacNeil Reviews 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 SperedakosNoah Segan and Larry Fessenden.

The recent resurgence of 80’s-style horror movies makes me very happy. I first became interested in horror in the 1980’s, and I think it is fantastic that folks who are much younger than myself are getting into the style. It is now to the point that the style is cropping up in new releases and appears to be gaining popularity. What is not to like about 80’s horror? OK…so pacing-wise, they often do not move very fast (some are downright slow), the action sequences are frequently drawn out and so forth. That being said: that is part of the fun. That is exactly what “The Mind’s Eye” delivers: 80’s horror movie fun. It is not going to revolutionize the horror industry or be applauded as “re-defining the horror genre,” but I found it to be a very solid supernatural horror film. It is quite enjoyable and free of any major flaws—though some may find it a little slow at times. The film delivers with a great John Carpenter style synth soundtrack, exploding heads, levitation, creepy people, an isolated setting, and well…you get the idea.

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I hate spoilers and prefer to watch films while knowing as little about them as possible, so here is a little bit of information: “The Mind’s Eye” is about a few twentysomethings with incredible psychokinetic capabilities and a mad scientist and his desire to study them for (perhaps) nefarious purposes. Think “Scanners” crossed with “Firestarter” with a hint of “Re-Animator” and you might be getting close. That is not to say that the film is derivative because it isn’t. It delivers on all levels. The film is directed by Joe Begos who previously directed “Almost Human” (2013) and stars Graham Skipper and Lauren Ashley Carter. The directing is well-done with some nice cinematography and the acting performances are quite solid.

It begins with the suggestion written in large bold letters on the screen: “THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD.” Which is awesome—and advice you should take. Oh, and Larry Fessenden is in it. If Fessenden didn’t sell you on the film– move along, there’s nothing more I can do to help you.

Currently available on VOD and iTunes. – Dan MacNeil

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 87 minutes

Rating: NR

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