Director: Tristan Clay
Cast: Scott King, Destinie Orndoff, Heather Dorff
Production Company: Deranged Minds Entertainment
Runtime: 74 minutes
Folklore is often filled with chilling stories that are shrouded in mystery. The legend of Red Eye is one such tale that can no longer be ignored or contained. Red Eye (2017) is the first ever full-length feature directed by Tristan Clay.
In the movie, a group of friends set out to capture footage that will shed light on the existence of a local legend. Some of them are passionate about making a documentary, while others are simply passionate for each other. A deranged killer proves to be more than they bargained for…
Jessica Cameron plays Bea in the movie. She is an engaging modern scream queen with an impressive list of horror credits. Cameron can be also be seen in 13/13/13 (2013), Silent Night (2012), The Black Dahlia Haunting (2012), The Evil Gene (2015), and Save Yourself (2015).
The film’s cast also features Destinie Orndoff from Party Night (2017), and Heather Dorff from Scary Story Slumber Party (2017). Red Eye is also the feature film debut for notable newcomers like Scott King, Hayden Wilberger, and Clayton Abbott.
In many ways, Red Eye is a love song dedicated to other horror movies. There are a number of films referenced over the course of the story, including Scanners (1981), From Beyond (1986), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Headless (2015), and They Live (1988).
The characters are thoughtfully fleshed-out, and all of them have a complete back story. There is an interesting dynamic among the characters that allows them to be friends, but puts them at odds at the same time. This leads to quite a few dramatic moments.
The film’s soundtrack is also very good. Stonewall provided a bunch of great songs including Red Eye, Battle Drum, and Armageddon. Pistol Beauty wrote and performed the end credits tune Only a Movie. The lyrics to that song couldn’t help but remind me of the poster for Last House on the Left (1972).
The film is full of blood and gore, which should whet the appetite of most horror fans. Some viewers may be offended by scenes of humiliation, torture, and even necrophilia. These moments might be tough to watch, but like the song says, it’s only a movie!
There are a few twists along the way that should keep you engaged long after the credits have rolled. Be sure to stick around to the very end of the film. Red Eye is a striking and graphic piece of horror cinema that will have fans talking for a long time…
– John Migliore
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