Plot: What’s it about?
After a football game, a group of five teenage girls travels home via the back roads of Tennessee. The friends gossip, laugh, and dish the dirt, all the things girls their age would do on such a road trip. But when their car runs into another driver, their night takes an unexpected turn. After the accident, the girls just drive off, but then a wild woman chases them down and forces them to pull over, at gunpoint. The girls are made to do some humiliating and degrading acts, but the woman soon leaves and the trip home continues, though the girls are quite shaken. The girls have no idea how to react or why the woman acted like she did, but little do they know even more peril awaits. Can these five friends survive the stretch of rural road known as The Eyes, or will they simply be the next victims of the cursed land?
As a horror fan, I have been rather discouraged by most of the recent genre efforts. But when I watched Five Across the Eyes, I remembered why it was worth sifting through all the horror out there. This is not a great movie, don’t misunderstand, but this is much better than most genre releases lately. Five Across the Eyes stands out from the pack, thanks to a real time approach and a unique narrative, where less is more. This film also manages to create genuine tension and dread, no simple task and does so without leaning too much on bloodshed. You will see some gore in Five Across the Eyes, but it isn’t used a crutch and the real focus is on the atmosphere and mood, where it belongs. The low rent shoot roots are obvious, especially in the film’s presentation on home video, but that is just part and parcel in this case. I enjoyed Five Across the Eyes a lot and as such, I give this disc a solid recommendation to even casual genre fans.
Video: How does it look?
Five Across the Eyes is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer suffers because of the film’s low budget roots and the limited visual scope, but still looks watchable. The print shows a lot of grain, so the image is a touch soft, sometimes even very soft and hard to see what happens. But most scenes look decent and some even look good, so this isn’t a total loss. Even so, this is sure to disappoint some, as the dark, overly soft visuals don’t do much for the experience. But the limitations come from the source, not this transfer, so I don’t know harsh we should be.
Audio: How does it sound?
This stereo soundtrack is acceptable, but never remarkable. The elements are presented in basic fashion, with little presence or punch whatsoever. The sound effects are limited of course, but at least the screams are loud and clear. The other elements come across as well as stereo allows, so don’t expect too much. No real issues with dialogue, as vocals sound clean and audible. Not much else to mention, though English subtitles have been included.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes no bonus materials.