Eyes of Fire
Directed by Avery Crounse
On the 18th century frontier, an adulterous preacher and his followers flee to ‘the promised land’ only to enter a valley of lust, madness, pagan vengeance and hallucinatory terror. In 1983, acclaimed photographer Avery Crounse made his debut as writer/director with what is considered to be the seminal American folk horror film. Misunderstood by audiences and mishandled by distributors, it has remained virtually unseen until now.
On the 18th century frontier, an adulterous preacher and his followers flee to ‘the promised land’ only to enter a valley of lust, madness, pagan vengeance and hallucinatory terror.
Cast: Dennis Lipscomb, Guy Boyd, Rebecca Stanley, Sally Klein, Karlene Crockett
The more you know about both Native American and Irish folklore, the better the film gets. The low budget makes for some goofy effects at times, but the clash of essentially new and old world mythologies is something you just don't see that often. It's fun to think about, if not particularly scary.
First half is rather slow, but things get very wild and unhinged in the second half. Fun times
Campy and low budget, but visually creative and filled with hallucinatory atmosphere.
A feast for the eyes. One more reason I have a subscription. I had never seen this.
This is a unique offering from the 80s. The old school effects are humorous but entertaining.