Deadly Eyes

1982

Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 4.9 10 1318

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Director

Cast

Michael Hogan as Cop in Subway
Scatman Crothers as George Foskins
Lisa Langlois as Trudy White
720p.BLU
804.17 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Well staged action throughout, but this monster movie's too low budget to have much effect

A disappointingly weak adaptation of James Herbert's nasty novel of the same name, this plodding movie strings together a number of passable action sequences of people being attacked by giant rats with some dull characterisation involving everyday run-of-the-mill characters that it's difficult to care two hoots about. The movie has a cold, clinically detached feel to it which oddly seems to be the case with most horror movies filmed in Canada - check out Cronenberg's early work if you don't believe me. This opinion comes from a big fan of monster movies, too, so be prepared to rate it even lower if you're not a fun of such fare.

From the twelve minute (!) pre-credit sequence to the supposedly shocking freeze-frame of a papier-mâché rat "head" lunging at the camera at the end of the film, you won't find much to shock or terrify you with this movie. It may just send you asleep though. While the rat attack sequences are undoubtedly the highlights of the movie and contain some nicely gory touches, most are filmed in too-dark locations to disguise the fact that the oversize rats are simply dogs dressed in rat costumes. I know that the film got a lot of stick for having dogs as the villains, but for me the effect is pretty realistic in long-shot.

The increasingly bizarre murders are initiated by a genuinely shocking attack on a young baby, followed by an old man, a professor, a kid in a bowling alley and even patrons of a cinema (showing GAME OF DEATH of all things) getting chewed by the pesky rodents. Events culminate with the rats loose in a subway and a train containing the mayor and guests of an official opening party breaks down and everybody gets bloodily massacred. The film's token hero, his love interest, and child find themselves besieged by the ravenous critters before escaping with the help of a well-timed explosion, and then the film just suddenly freeze-frames at a downbeat moment with no finalisation or epilogue to finish it off. It looks like they ran out of film!

The lack of appealing characters really hurts the film too, and makes it difficult to care. Sam Groom, the film's lead, is a good actor but his teacher, while well characterised, is just boring and ordinary and displays little heroic tendencies. The rest of the unknown cast are okay, but nobody really shines with the exception of token star Scatman Crothers, who ends up being just as unlucky as he was in THE SHINING. Even the gore effects, while nicely bloody, are only shown in quick glimpses perhaps to disguise the low budget. I found this to be a watchable film but a distinctly unimpressive one which is already beginning to fade from my memory, despite the fact I only watched it yesterday. I'm sure that in a week's time all I'll have will be a fleeting memory...

Reviewed by gavin6942 6 / 10

An Incredible Bad Good (or Good Bad) Movie

Contaminated grain breeds overgrown, killer rats in this Golden Harvest production. Dachshunds were dressed up as rats for the special effects. That is all you need to know.

Exactly how to judge this film is something of a mystery. By no stretch of the imagination is it good in any critical sense. The acting is average, the plot is incomplete, multiple subplots turn up for no reason and never get resolved. The editing is choppy. The special effects are good, even if funny.

Horror fans who like their films cheesy will love this. Others might be a bit more let down, as there is something lacking. The gore is glorious, though, and you can never take that away from them.

Available now on Blu-Ray from Scream! Factory, with more than a handful of bonus interviews.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

Attack of the giant killer wiener dog rats!

Grain tainted with steroids spawns a new strain of giant killer mutant black rats that attack and eat various folks in a big city. It's up to high school science teacher Paul Harris (a solid and likable performance by Sam Groom) and health inspector Kelly Leonard (a fine and appealing performance by Sara Botsford) to figure out a way to stop the foul beasts before it's too late.

Director Robert Clouse lets the enjoyable story unfold at a snappy pace, delivers a handy helping of grisly gore, and stages the rat attack set pieces at a bowling alley and in a movie theater showing Clouse's Bruce Lee opus "The Game of Death" with gusto. Moreover, the filmmakers warrant extra props for their take-no-prisoners attitude towards the premise: The vile vermin munch on a baby and several old folks. The fact that the rodents are played by Dachshunds in pretty obvious and unconvincing costumes gives this honey a considerable amount of infectiously kitschy charm. Charles Eglee's endearingly hokey script not only includes a familiar subplot about a smarmy mayor who just cares about the opening of a new subway line (guess what happens here), but also tosses in a sappy romance between Groom and Botsford for good corny measure (cue an excuse for a love scene in front of a raging fireplace with Botsford bearing her breasts). This movie further benefits from the pulchritudinous presences of Canadian scream queens Lisa Langlois as flirtatious cheerleader Trudy White and Lesleh Donaldson as Trudy's sassy gal pal Martha. Scatman Crothers contributes a lively and amusing turn as a crusty sanitation worker who curses out the rats prior to meeting a gruesome untimely end. Both Rene Verzier's slick cinematography and Anthony Guefen's spirited shivery score are up to speed. A total campy hoot.

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