Many VHS movie covers from the glory days of VHS are burned forever on my brain. Many of them have gone on to be forgotten by the masses but every once in a while a company like Shout Factory digs up one of these flicks from our video past and gives it the Blu-ray treatment and introduces a whole new generation to the days of 80s B-movie delights. One such film is out this week and deserved a look.
Deadly Eyes is filmed and takes place in Toronto and follows a college professor (Sam Groom) who teams up with a health inspector (Sara Botsford) to stop an infestation of mutated rats plaguing the city after eating steroid infused corn grain on a long overseas voyage.
Deadly Eyes is a film I fondly remember the cover of on video store shelves but never got around to seeing. I was quite pleased to find it is a helluva fun flick with great performances, innovative special effects and a nice pace with great thrills. Directed by Robert Clouse who is best known for directing the legendary Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, the film is nicely shot and with a little humor thrown in and a nice cameo role by Scatman Crothers makes Deadly Eyes a nice discovery for me and a shining example of 80s b movie filmmaking at its most entertaining. And on top of all of that they used Dachshund’s in rat costumes for the scurrying scenes which has to be seen to be believed. The transfer was quite impressive as well, bright, clean and much more detailed than I expected from a low budget 1982 Canadian horror film. Definitely my favorite release of the week.
Available now on Blu-ray.