Ever have one of those days where you envision squashing someone with the sheer force of your brain? How do you think you would feel if one day it came true and actually happened? And what if the person has pushed you to it, or worse, was actively trying to harm you? All this and more plays out in the bonkers telekinesis action flick THE MIND’S EYE, out now on home video!
Zack is a psychokinetic, a young man with the ability to affect objects with merely the power of his own mind. Normally alone due to the inability to fully control his strength, he’s found a kindred spirit in Rachel. The young couple is swept away to an institute ran by Professor Slovak with the guise of helping them groom their talents. Slovak is no Professor X, and Zack’s not willing to play along as things don’t turn out as advertised. Chases through the snow covered area ensues as we follow our heroes to a mind-blowing conclusion.
Before the film begins, we are treated to a graphic with the words: THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD. If that isn’t a tone setter, I’m not sure what is. And with the intricate sound design and a score by Steve Moore, from the band Zombi, it is worth the extra volume. So crank it up!
After viewing the director’s (Joe Begos) first film, ALMOST HUMAN, my chief complaint was that it didn’t allow us to care about the characters in trouble. We were introduced to them, bad stuff happened, people died, the end. Sure, we saw shocking things, but it didn’t have any gravity. After having a conversation with Begos on Twitter, I found that was actually one of his complaints as well. And I’m happy to say, that he has remedied that situation with THE MIND’S EYE. We immediately grow an affinity for Zack and Rachel, and that only grows as we follow along their path towards freedom, both physically and mentally.
Much like with martial arts, psychokinetic powers in the world of THE MIND’S EYE are amplified by the use of audible force. What does that mean pray tell? A lot of yelling. And remember how I mentioned before that it’s important to turn it up? Well, in some cases, you may need to rock the volume switch if you have thin walls.
“How about the power to kill a yak from 300 yards away…WITH MIND BULLETS?!? That’s telekinesis, Kyle!”
Why should you see THE MIND’S EYE?:
This is an extremely fun and thrilling film that pays tribute to action/sci-fi films from the 80’s and early 90’s. Think of it as a Cannon film production of a SCANNERS sequel. Insane practical effects with a gonzo cast giving it their all in the snows of New England.
Being that Begos hit the film festival circuit hard with ALMOST HUMAN, he made a lot of friends that shared the love of bonkers films and had the DIY mindset. Going into his sophomore feature, he was able to get Josh Ethier and Graham Skipper to return, but was also able to recruit Jeremy Gardner and Lauren Ashley Carter. And being able to tap into the experience of indie legend Larry Fessenden, who kills it as Zack’s father, Begos and crew had the confidence and gumption going to knock this out of the park.
All this is still not mentioning the most pivotal character, that being Professor Slovak, as played by John Speredakos. Speredakos has done a lot of work with Ti West and Fessenden, but has also done a lot of character work in more mainstream films like INSIDE MAN and 2005’s version of FANTASTIC FOUR. While his name may not be a household name, nor one amongst the genre community, this is the role that can change it. Speredakos takes this film balls to the wall from the first scene that he’s in. And he’s able to make things stop on a dime as well. That control is everything when playing such a strong antagonist character, and he appears to relish in this ability.
Also worth noting is the great special feature of a behind the scenes look for the movie and 2 packed commentaries.
Zack Connors: Graham Skipper (ALMOST HUMAN, BEYOND THE GATES)
Rachel Meadows: Lauren Ashley Carter (DARLING, JUG FACE)
Rachel Slovak: John Speredakos (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE INNKEEPERS)
Mike Connors: Larry Fessenden (HABIT, I SELL THE DEAD)
Travis Levine: Noah Segan (LOOPER, BRICK)
Director/Writer: Joe Begos
Editor: Josh Ethier