Evil Eyes Release Date: 4 August 2004 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Mark Atkins (Night Orchid) Writer(s): Naomi L. Selfman Starring: Adam Baldwin, Jennifer Gates, Udo Kier So-so second in-house production from The Asylum (the first being Death Valley: Revenge of Bloody Bill) has Adam Baldwin playing an out-of-work screenwriter who is hired by a creepy […]

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Evil Eyes
Release Date: 4 August 2004 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Mark Atkins (Night Orchid)
Writer(s): Naomi L. Selfman
Starring: Adam Baldwin, Jennifer Gates, Udo Kier

So-so second in-house production from The Asylum (the first being Death Valley: Revenge of Bloody Bill) has Adam Baldwin playing an out-of-work screenwriter who is hired by a creepy film producer (Kier) to write a film about a man who murdered his family and committed suicide during the course of filming his first movie.

Turns out that all the deaths Baldwin puts down on paper begin happening in real life. And not just to random people, either. His family and friends are slowly being picked off. At the same time, Baldwin has to finish the script, which keeps getting bigger financing as the film goes along. With that extra money comes the demand for more gore and twisted violence. All of this begins to circle in his head, making him paranoid, and he slowly begins to go insane in a fashion similar to his screenplay’s subject.

Adam Baldwin, who despite not being related to the Baldwin family must love his last name, is a veteran of direct-to-video films. Off the top of my head, he’s been in Lady Jayne: Killer, Double Bang, and Control Factor. He’s truly grown as an actor over his twenty-five years in the business. The scenes where he gets to bounce lines off the always-fantastic Udo Kier are very memorable.

At a brisk seventy-five minutes or so, Evil Eyes is a quick ride that suffers from a simple case of mediocrity. I was never bored with the movie, yet I just never felt myself becoming interested in it. The storyline is too familiar, and writer Naomi Selfman doesn’t exactly energize the subject matter.

DVD: There’s four trailers, a blooper reel, a featurette, and an interesting commentary between director Mark Atkins and Asylum partner Rick Walker, who served as the executive in charge of production on the movie.

Keep your eyes open during the scene where Baldwin speaks to his new agent, as there is a poster for Killers 2: The Beast, which was directed by the Asylum’s David Michael Latt, hanging on the wall.

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