The city is stricken by a wave of self-mutilations performed by beautiful women who seem to be in a hypnotic trance. The authorities suspect a stage hypnotist with a popular act, but the ... See full summary »
The city is stricken by a wave of self-mutilations performed by beautiful women who seem to be in a hypnotic trance. The authorities suspect a stage hypnotist with a popular act, but the stakes are raised when the hypnotist sets his sights on the girlfriend of the detective investigating the case. What is the hypnotist's secret, and why does it seem to involve his beautiful assistant? Written by
"The Hypnotic Eye" had been a bit of a film holy grail of mine for a few years. Now that I was finally able to track it down, I'm not sure if it was worth the intensive searching, but its certainly a watchable b-horror film. Its a nice blend of campy histrionics which simply can't be replicated but just happen and a really bizarre atmosphere. The film deals with hypnotism, which I find to be a fascinating subject. The segments of Jacques Bergerac (who actually was a magician) on stage are quite entertaining. The film was remade as "The Wizard of Gore" and its nowhere near as mind-blowing as that surreal classic, if only because it doesn't explore the subject to the same hallucinogenic heights.
The acting across the board is very campy and enjoyable to watch. Jacques Bergerac may have been a good stage magician, but hes a horrible actor. The man can't read a line without looking like hes about to explode. This is one of the most compulsively watchable over-the-top performances in recent memory. Marcia Henderson and the typically cold Allison Hayes are there only to look beautiful and they do a fine job of that. Joe Patridge and Guy Prescott as the investigators are both wooden - they make Jack Webb look like Vincent Price! "The Hypnotic Eye" is an entertaining and quite strange little horror item. (6/10)
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