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 »
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
The Staten Island apartment of lovely model Danielle becomes the scene of a grisly murder that is witnessed by her neighbor, Grace, a reporter. But the police don't believe her story, so ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, later they find out that the doll is possessed with the soul of a serial killer, who try to put his soul into the boy's body in order to become human.
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>
When Laura enters her studio above the empty warehouse, she is wearing red high-heeled shoes. When she runs in terror through the warehouse, she is wearing sneakers, but immediately afterwards, she is once again wearing the high-heeled shoes. See more »
Eyes of Laura Mars isn't a very well known film, and there's a good reason for that; it's not very good. The premise isn't bad, and there are a few good ideas; but the execution is poor on the whole, and for every idea that does work; there's at least three that don't. Take the main idea for example - the plot follows Laura Mars; a New York artist who has blackouts, during which she witnesses the murderous rampages of the local serial killer. We then follow her and her policeman boyfriend as they try to track down the killer from her visions. Now, this is all well and good, but the film has completely forgotten to explain WHY this is happening to her, thus making it really hard for the audience to care about the plot. It didn't come as a surprise to me to find that John Carpenter wrote the script. After that, many other areas of the film aren't explained properly. The movie throws caution to the wind where characters are concerned, and they are merely a product of the plot itself, rather than the plot being impacted by the characters. This is a guaranteed formula for a cold audience, as it's hard to care anyway; but when it doesn't even give you reason to care for the characters themselves, it's too easy to switch off.
Faye Dunaway has starred in some big films, such as Chinatown and Bonnie and Clyde; but her performance here isn't up there with those films. To be fair, she isn't given much to do - but despite convincing as New Yorker, she cant get into her character and on the whole, her performance isn't the work of a great actress. Tommy Lee Jones would go on to find real fame after this film, so it's a good job that he had some better roles later on, as his performance here is unlikely to have gained him many plaudits. Cult actor Brad Dourif rounds off the central core of actors and he, as usual, stands out the most. Also as usual, his performance isn't anything like brilliant; but Dourif knows how to entertain. The final nail in the coffin for this film is definitely the final twist. Usually, I have to start watching a film before the twist becomes guessable; but I guessed this one before I even saw the movie. Just reading the plot synopsis makes it obvious. On the whole, this film isn't a complete dead loss and if you like your supernatural thrillers, there may be something here. Just be prepared to allow it some room in the credibility department.
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