White of the Eye

1987

Action / Horror / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 33%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 1459

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Cathy Moriarty as Joan White
David Keith as Paul White
Alberta Watson as Ann Mason
Alan Rosenberg as Mike Desantos
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 9 / 10

a rare talent

Donald Cammell was a rare talent but perhaps like another talented Brit, Ken Russell, could become obsessed and then unrestrained, go just that little bit too far. Here is a near perfect film of excess, a fearful portrait of a serial killer we do not know (for certain) and through whom we see most of the action. The killings have been described as 'giallo' like and I get the comparison with the glorious Italian exploitation movies. Like in gialli, this is wonderfully shot with glorious interiors, all the better to be splattered with blood. Horrible deaths, macabre body disposal and a narrative constantly moving at a very fast pace. The performances are great, the film always looks tremendous and we are kept wondering almost till the end. And it is the end I take issue with - we really didn't need a car chase and an explosion. The tale had been well told and we had had a hard enough ride. The excess at the end may have seemed like a good idea but someone should have seen it really wasn't necessary, that it was overkill. Great film though, nevertheless.

Reviewed by ElWormo 5 / 10

probably quite good, but not for me...

I took a chance on this as it was (a) billed as an 80s slasher, and (b) in a shop display with other Arrow blu-ray releases such as Argento's brutal classic TENEBRAE, and the awesomely inept bucket of winning failure that is CONTAMINATION.

White Of The Eye is a completely different sort of 80s slasher though - in fact not really a slasher at all, more like a very laid back, slow paced drama. The acting's good, the direction is solid, the script is fine - but so what. The atmosphere of vaguely quirky characters in small-town Americana almost made it feel like a Coen Bros film, but with zero laughs. It was too low-key, slow paced and talky to actually maintain my interest, and I gave up after about an hour. Not a 'bad' film, just not my particular cup of cinema...

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

"I can sure pick 'em."

The late Donald Cammell ("Performance", "Demon Seed") opts to go for nuance rather than convention in this oddball, experimental drama. People expecting more of a linear drama or Hollywood-type thriller will be sorely disappointed. It's not always that satisfying, but at least it does manage to be interesting. The atmosphere of the setting is well realized, and colourful roles are given to a variety of character actors. At the core of the thing are two vivid and memorable performances by the two stars, David Keith and Cathy Moriarty.

After making quite a splash in "Raging Bull" and "Neighbors", Moriarty returned to films after an absence of several years, playing married woman Joan White. Her husband Paul (Keith) is a sound and electronics expert, and a fairly charismatic guy, but he falls under suspicion when a succession of housewives fall victim to a serial killer in their affluent desert community.

The big reveal of the story occurs sooner than one would expect, leading to a not entirely predictable finale. Cammell directs with a lot of style - some might argue TOO MUCH style, because he goes awfully overboard on giant closeups of eyeballs. But this is a reasonably entertaining examination of one persons' mental state, and how their worst instincts run contrary to their outgoing demeanour. There's some lovely ladies and definite sex appeal, but not all that much graphic violence.

Both Keith and Moriarty are excellent, with Keith managing to remain somewhat engaging through to the end. Art Evans ("Fright Night", "Die Hard 2") is the easygoing detective on the case, Michael Greene ("To Live and Die in L.A.") his associate, Alan Rosenberg ('L. A. Law', "The Wanderers") the obnoxious city slicker, Alberta Watson ("The Keep", 'La Femme Nikita') the oversexed socialite, and William G. Schilling ('Head of the Class', "Ruthless People") the local sheriff.

Scripted by Cammell and his wife China Kong (sister of schlock director Jackie Kong), based on the novel "Mrs. White" by Andrew and Laurence Klavan. Music by rock stars Rick Fenn and Nick Mason, of the bands 10cc and Pink Floyd respectively.

Seven out of 10.

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