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The Eyes Of My Mother

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

This low-budget horror movie set in the American backwoods will haunt your nightmares for weeks

A man comes up a long, dusty road to a house on a hill. That could be the start of many horror films – in fact, it is – but none of them do what debuting writer-director Nicolas Pesce manages in his shocking ‘The Eyes of My Mother’. We quickly notice that the man in question is unwell: giggly, wide-eyed, armed with a huge pistol and the desire to flaunt it. But still, even he doesn’t know he’s just invaded a home where the slicing of flesh is a way of life. There’s a young girl living there, and she’s a fast learner.

Excuse the vagueness, but some surprises are worth keeping. Shooting in ominous black and white (often from a distance), Pesce has crafted an exquisite creepshow that pays homage to the mightiest of fear films, Tobe Hooper’s relentless ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, while still having a coppery taste all its own. The movie skips through the years; sceptical viewers will wonder if such domestic brutality could go unnoticed for so long.

But of course it can: ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ already feels unwittingly timely, a tale from the American heartland tinged with revenge, sex and suffering. If you can stomach the fear, go. Confident hands created this film, and its nightmare will linger for weeks.

Joshua Rothkopf
Written by
Joshua Rothkopf

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 24 March 2017
  • Duration:76 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Nicolas Pesce
  • Screenwriter:Nicolas Pesce
  • Cast:
    • Kika Magalhaes
    • Will Brill
    • Olivia Bond
    • Diana Agostini
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