Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  2 August 1978 (USA)
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Suddenly Laura Mars can see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his crimes. She contacts the police and with the aid of a police detective, tries to stop the killer. But first... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Neville
Tommy Ludlow
Donald Phelps
Michael Reisler (as R.J. in opening credits)
Frank Adonis ...
Sal Volpe
Lisa Taylor ...
Rose Gregorio ...
Elaine Cassell
Steve Marachuk ...
Meg Mundy ...
Doris Spenser
Marilyn Meyers ...
Sheila Weissman
Gary Bayer ...


Suddenly Laura Mars can see through the eyes of a serial killer as he commits his crimes. She contacts the police and with the aid of a police detective, tries to stop the killer. But first, they have to figure out who it is. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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2 August 1978 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


In both posters and newspaper ads, with taglines like "You can't always believe what you see..." Faye Dunaway's face appeared a little bit at a time, beginning just with the over-bright image of her eyes, and the rest of the facial features appearing in subsequent ads, until the face was featured completely in the final poster. See more »


When the killer kicks in the metallic door to Laura's bedroom, dents/footprints in the door from previous takes of this shot are clearly visible. See more »


Lulu: Laura I don't like pink.
Laura: Lulu it likes you.
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Crazy Credits

The film's closing credits roll over the first image of the movie, a black and white image of Laura's eyes as a negative. See more »


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Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) (Prisoner)
Sung by Barbra Streisand
Words and Music by Karen Lawrence & John Desautels
Produced by Gary Klein
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A terrific thriller, both gripping and spell-binding
2 August 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

A surprisingly forgotten gem of a psychological thriller, Eyes of Laura Mars is a unique and sophisticated shocker that stands out from the normal variety of thrillers.

NYC fashion photographer is having visions where she sees through the eyes of the murderer that's targeting the people around her. But what will she do when she sees said murderer coming after her?

Eyes of Laura Mars was originally based upon a screenplay by master horror director John Carpenter, which isn't surprising considering just how imaginative and effectively frightening that this film comes off. Yet, Eyes' isn't just a terror film, it's also a film of intriguing mystery, sweeping romance, and well-rounded characters. All of this adds up to an enveloping story that's directed with flair and style by Irvin Kershner. The murder sequences pack plenty of tension, yet they aren't gory. The NYC filming locations are fantastic and allow for some truly breath taking cinematography. While the 70's fashions do date the film, they don't subtract from its over all impact. The soundtrack is composed of some great disco numbers, and the theme song by Barbara Streisand is stunningly good.

The cast is perhaps the best highlight of the film though. Star Faye Dunaway is excellent as always as our understandably disturbed heroine. Tommy Lee Jones is equally excellent as the police detective who falls in love with Dunaway. Rene Auberjonois is plucky as Dunaway's agent. Brad Dourif is good as the shifty-eyed driver, as is Raul Julia as Dunaway's wretched ex-husband.

Eyes of Laura Mars is on a level above the average terror film. It's not only thrilling, but strong enough to be emotionally devastating as well. Well worth finding for thriller and horror fans alike.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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