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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.


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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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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry Blue Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

Missouri, USA


Box Office


$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$100,000, 31 December 1983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,000,000, 11 September 1988
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Elysian Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Will Smythe: Please let's us take the generous town's providings, but the Lord giveth that he take it away. This is a good town, I only hope that all you good people could come with me... to the promised land.
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What in the world.....?
2 June 2005 | by Kelly G.See all my reviews

Some movies haunt me for long after I see them. In the case of Eyes of Fire, this isn't because the movie is all that hot, but because I haven't been able to get the darn thing out of my brain since I saw it.

Plot: It's been a while, but right off the top of my head, Eyes of Fire is set during days of early American life. A "wicked" polygamist dude is kicked out of his village for his ways, so he packs up his stuff, and leaves town, taking his flock of naive followers with him.

He promises to find them a new place to live where they can all start a new society of sorts where they can live their lives the way they want to. But he ignores his Native American tourguide, and chooses to set up shop in a spooky, foreboding area of the woods which is supposedly cursed by evil spirits.

After that, I can't really remember too much about the plot, other than that it dissolves into nothingness, and in its place we get quite a bit nightmarish images of ghosts, slime, and spectral zap rays, all backed with a lot of screaming.

I tend to remain fascinated with movies that seem to exist in their own world of reality, where our rules of logic don't always apply. If the world of movies were a giant city, these films would be brief snapshots of dangerous streets you don't want to drive down. These don't always have to be horror movies; Over the years I can think of several examples of these kind of films; Gummo, Elephant, The Toolbox Murders (the 70's one), and Impulse (the meg tilly one) all come to mind off hand. These movies all have a worldview that depressed me enough that I just cant shake the characters and their environment afterwards.

Eyes of Fire is like that, really. I don't recall one character, actor, or line of dialog. Nor am I really sure I've got the story down right. But the memory of being totally freaked out by it has stuck with me ever since.

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