The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Eyes of Fire

When: April 13, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.

  • PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
  • FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

Dir. Avery Crounse
Cast: Dennis Lipscomb, Guy Boyd, Karlene Crockett, Sally Klein, Rob Paulsen
Runtime: 90 min
Country: USA
Screening Format: 35mm, courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive!

Poster Artist by Michael Comeau

“A singular sight-and-sound experience.... and the most accomplished horror film debut since The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” - Peter Nelson-King, View From The Paperhouse Blog

“Extraordinary... a slow, but fascinating and unique horror fantasy.” - Michael J. Weldon, The Psychotronic Video Guide

Cast out from their pious village, a misfit band of colonialists venture into a forbidden valley in search of sanctuary only to fall under the malevolent spell of a supernatural entity with an appetite for their souls.

Drawing from the same folkloric well as THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and THE WITCH, Avery Crounse's obscure indie debut from 1983 is an ambitious and utterly transfixing celluloid fever dream of witchcraft and wilderness that sadly never received the acclaim it deserved upon its release.

Though a low-budget and uneven ensemble cast give the film an initial amateur air, Crounse's confidence behind the camera is palpable as he envelopes the film in a wickedly creepy atmosphere that grows thicker with each passing frame.

Plus, what it lacks in emotional gravitas, it more then compensates for with its visual panache, deftly deploying all manner of special effects, from unsettling prosthetics to psychedelic and nightmarish opticals.

The uncanny ambiance is only further amplified by the stellar score courtesy of Brad Fidel (THE TERMINATOR), surreally blending brooding electronic effects with melancholy Irish musical cues.

Having languished in obscurity for too long on poorly duped VHS copies (it has yet to be released on DVD in North America), the Laser Blast Film Society implores you to discover this forgotten horror gem with us on a rare 35mm print provided by the American Genre Film Archive!

The Laser Blast Film Society is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.