• Name: The Mind’s Eye
• Year: 2015
• Country: USA
• Director: Joe Begos
• Main cast: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos
• Runtime: 89 minutes
• Production company: Channel 83 Films, Site B
Any horror and science fiction lover for sure know Scanners (1981), David Cronenberg’s masterpiece about a group of people with strong psychic powers. The Mind’s Eye follows the background and premises from Scanners (1981) to build the story of a couple who were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. But soon they find themselves prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor who intends on harvesting their powers through drugs. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to steal their gifts for his own use.
Although it has some interesting moments and approaches, The Mind’s Eye can’t get away from the shadow of David Cronenberg’s movie. The story is nothing but a developing from what we have already seen in Scanners (1981) and their sequels, and the plot doesn’t have anything fresh to highlight. Still, it is an entertaining movie to watch. A little bit too slow, and along the running time, one can’t get away from the amateur feeling the whole piece emanate. But it is totally made with love and passion for the genre, and that is something the audience can notice. Besides the lack of originality from the script and the newbie direction, the cast still manages to deliver an acceptable performance. Not the best acting in the world, but for sure we have seen way worse.
But if there is something The Mind’s Eye stand out for, are the makeup and special effects. The gory scenes, and there are a handful of them, are very well done. A lot of time and dedication seem to be used in making this film on the side of the makeup department and practical effects. No horror and gore lover can be disappointed by them.
The Mind’s Eye is the second feature film of young filmmaker Joe Begos, who also takes the roles of writer and producer of his works. His debut movie was Almost Human (2013), which was nominated as best sci-fi horror film at iHorror Awards 2015. Let’s hope he gets the resources to keep on with the good work, and someday he delivers a little masterpiece to leave the audience astonished.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4567486
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