Deadly Eyes Blu-Ray Review
Blu-Ray Review- Deadly Eyes
Distributor: Scream Factory
Street Date: July 15th 2014
Technical Specifications: 1080P Video, Color, 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio, DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Runtime: 87 Minutes
How could one not enjoy the camp value and sheer fun that a film about giant man-eating rats (played by Dachshunds) brings? Deadly Eyes is the kind of 80’s B flick that I could throw on anytime. It has a brilliantly creepy score by Anthony Guefen, solid direction from Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon), and a terrified Scatman Crothers being chased through a sewer by loveable rat-dogs. What’s not to love?
Deadly Eyes stars “perfectly coiffed haired” Sam Groom as Paul Harris, a recently divorced High School teacher who becomes romantically involved with Elly (Sara Botsford), a Health Department inspector, as giant killer rats begin to take over the city of Toronto. We also get to know Trudy (the beautiful Lisa Langlois), one of Paul’s students who harbors a massive crush on her teacher, whom she believes to be much more mature than her basketball player boyfriend. Lesleh Donaldson plays Martha, one of Trudy’s friends who can’t help but tease her about her complicated love life.
With the help of Paul’s friend and former Professor Dr. Spencer (Cec Linder), it’s soon determined that the massive rats have spawned from feeding off steroid laced grain that was burned on Health Department orders earlier in the film. Having lost their home and possessing a new taste for human flesh, the mega-rats begin to infest the city (and the brand new subway line), leaving our human protagonists searching for a way to get rid of them once and for all.
Deadly Eyes is simply too much fun. The acting is sincere, with everyone playing it straight, which absolutely enhances the terror and fun for the viewer. The dachshunds in rat suits are hilarious to behold, hopping along in an almost loving fashion towards their victims, and the close-up special effects shots are well done for the time. I love the cornball moments too, especially when Paul visits one of his students in the hospital, where the cheese is nearly too much to take. I’m always up for a good old fashioned creature feature, and Deadly Eyes, with its sincerity and goofy fun, remains a satisfying B-flick for a rainy Saturday night.
Scream Factory brings Deadly Eyes to High Definition with a solid transfer, boasting natural film grain and accurate color reproduction, and consistently inky black levels to boot. You can almost smell the masculinity that certainly must have been emulating from Sam Groom’s brown leather jacket. The transfer is virtually free of anomalies as well, with only an occasional scratch or pop in the reel here or there. This one makes for yet another great presentation from the fine folks at Scream Factory.
The DTS-HD Mono track works very well, and adds to the natural nostalgia one feels when watching a B movie from the early 80’s. The dynamic range of a multi-channel effort isn’t here, but this authentic front mix handles dialogue, music, and sound effects very well.
Scream Factory has provided fans of Deadly Eyes with some fun special features for this Blu-Ray release. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:
- Deadly Eyes: Dogs in Rats’ Clothing– This fantastic documentary piece runs over 24 minutes and features brand new interviews with the crew of Deadly Eyes. From romance budding behind the scenes between writer Charles H. Eglee and production designer Ninkey Dalton to the special effects sequences and the hilarious training of the dachshunds in rat costumes, there is an abundance of fun and engaging discussion going on here. Producer Aine Leicht and the folks at Scream Factory have hit gold on these recent collaborations, and this one is an absolute treat for fans of the film!
- Lisa Langlois- A nearly 19 minute interview with the beautiful Lisa Langlois, brought to you in collaboration with Scorpion Releasing. Lisa talks all things Deadly Eyes, from her beginnings as an actress and her nervousness around Sam Groom with the sexual undertones between their characters. She also discusses her make-out scene with her cinematic boyfriend Joseph Kelly, and shares some funny memories of the dachshunds on set.
- Lesleh Donaldson- Another Scorpion produced interview that runs nearly 14 minutes and features the sweet and funny Lesleh Donaldson speaking on her role in Deadly Eyes.
- Joseph Kelly- I was amazed how little Joseph Kelly has changed over the years! If her were to shave off the goatee he would look almost the same as he did in Deadly Eyes. This Scorpion interview features Joseph’s memories on the making of the movie.
- Allan Ipone- Ipone discusses the special effects and challenges involved in making the rats seem realistic in the film.
- TV Spot- This lightning quick television spot for Deadly Eyes is so short that it hardly gives the viewer an idea of what they’re in for, but it’s a nice addition to this release. Even with poor film elements to work with, I love it when distributors add vintage promotional material.
As you can see from the “Unboxing” pictures below, this Blu-Ray edition from Scream Factory features the original theatrical poster design for Deadly Eyes with the menacing rodent eyes above the title, the chewed through barbwire fence, and the city in the background. On the reverse of the case you’ll find a plot synopsis for the film, a list of special features, technical specifications, and select production stills. On the interior of the case is a Blu-Ray disc, a DVD disc, and more fun production stills from the film lining the slip-sheet.
Deadly Eyes is my type of Horror film, providing plenty of scares, laughs, and camp value in only 90 minutes. It’s the kind of genre film that you could revisit anytime and have just as much fun as you did on the first viewing. It has Dachshund’s in rat costumes for Pete’s sake! The Blu-Ray transfer from Scream Factory is very solid, sporting authentic color timing and inky black levels. The DTS-HD Mono track is effective as well, supporting dialogue, music, and sound effects with ease. But it’s the special features that fans will die for, featuring the stellar Dogs in Rats’ Clothing documentary that is an absolute blast. This brand new Blu-Ray edition of Deadly Eyes from Scream Factory comes highly recommended.