EYES OF FIRE
dir. Avery Crounse, 1983
90 mins. United States.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8 – MIDNIGHT
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 – 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – 10 PM
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – MIDNIGHT
Set in the 1750’s, EYES OF FIRE follows a group of colonial pioneers who narrowly escape persecution after their preacher (Dennis Lipscomb) has an affair with a married woman. Exiled from the small settlement, they make their way deeper into the wilds of future-America, haunted by the spectral threat of attack by Native Americans, until they find their way to a valley the natives avoid due to superstitions about the sinister nature of the land.
A sort of Protestant riff on AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD and potentially the first “western horror” hybrid film, EYES OF FIRE is a startlingly original and effective independent film that slipped largely under the radar on release in the early 80’s. It conjures a genuine sense of dread and tackles its colonial subject matter in a surprisingly modern way, and boasts some deliriously good and unsettling low-budget practical effects.
Showing in a less-than-stellar VHS rip but losing none of its potency, this is a real Thanksgiving horror treat.