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Eyes of Fire (1983)

A preacher is accused of adultery, and he and his followers are chased out of town. They become stranded in an isolated forest, which is haunted by the spirits of long dead Native Americans.


Avery Crounse


Avery Crounse




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Lipscomb ... Will Smythe
Guy Boyd ... Marion Dalton
Rebecca Stanley Rebecca Stanley ... Eloise Dalton
Sally Klein Sally Klein ... Fanny Dalton / Narrator
Karlene Crockett Karlene Crockett ... Leah - Queen of the Forest
Fran Ryan ... Sister - Calvin's Wife
Rob Paulsen ... Jewell Buchanan
Kerry Sherman ... Margaret Buchanan
Caitlin Baldwin Caitlin Baldwin ... Cathleen Buchanan - a Child
Erin Buchanan Erin Buchanan ... Meg
Will Hare ... Calvin
Ivy Bethune Ivy Bethune ... Rachel
Mike Genovese ... Interrogator
Bret Pearson Bret Pearson ... Luther
Rose Preston Rose Preston ... Indian girl


A reverend, Will Smythe, and his followers are chased out of town after Smythe is accused of adultery and polygamy. Joined by a rugged woodsman, Marion Dalton, who wants his cheating wife, the group ventures into a valley, where dwells an ancient evil spirit. As members of the group start to disappear, the witch-bred, insane Leah must discover how to thwart the spirit. Written by Melissa Martin <martin@ccu.umanitoba.ca>

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When America was young and Spirits of Evil reigned in a Forest of Darkness. See more »


Horror | Western



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Only major live-action role for Rob Paulsen, who later gravitated to voice acting and became better known as Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (1995) and Yakko from Animaniacs (1993). See more »


Eloise Dalton: She's crazier than a rat in a brandy keg!
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Unique work of Americana horror
17 November 2002 | by LGwriter49See all my reviews

This unjustly overlooked movie, the first directed by Avery Crounse, ranks along with Pumpkinhead as one of the best examples of dark fantasy rooted in pure Americana. A period piece, it's set in the mid-18th century in the American colonies, before there was a United States, and is the tale of settlers encountering the supernatural in the form of a previously unexplored forest's resident evil spirit.

Narrated by one of the two young survivors of the weird encounter, it starts with the two being interrogated by the equivalent of district militia regarding the disappearance of their fellow settlers. The story begins with adultery committed by a minister, somewhat hammily played by Dennis Lipscomb, and a settler's wife, resulting in the cuckolded husband taking his children off into the forest where they meet up with a strange girl who shows them much they never knew before about the ways of the land.

Crounse gets his setting just right and also does a great job fusing the real with the fantastic--not always an easy thing to do. One of the absolutely critical ingredients in any fantasy film--whether high fantasy, sword and sorcery, dark fantasy or horror--is atmosphere, and in that this movie excels. The brooding forest scenes are superb, making the viewer feel that at any moment the trees could come alive and snatch you up right from where you're standing.

Aside from Lipscomb, the other actors are excellent. The momentum of the story is escape from a known evil to an unknown evil and that drives the movie to its strong finish.

Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry Blue Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

Missouri, USA


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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Elysian Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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