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White of the Eye (1987)

In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in ... See full summary »

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Donald Cammell

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China Kong (as China Cammell), Donald Cammell | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Paul White
Cathy Moriarty ... Joan White
Alan Rosenberg ... Mike Desantos
Art Evans ... Detective Charles Mendoza
Michael Greene ... Phil Ross
Danielle Smith Danielle Smith ... Danielle White
Alberta Watson ... Ann Mason
William G. Schilling ... Harold Gideon
David Chow David Chow ... Fred Hoy
Marc Hayashi Marc Hayashi ... Stu
Mimi Lieber ... Liza Manchester
Pamela Guest ... Caryanne (as Pamela Seamon)
Bob Zache Bob Zache ... Lucas Herman
Danko Gurovich Danko Gurovich ... Arnold White
China Kong China Kong ... Ruby Hoy (as China Cammell)
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In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in their homes. As he desperately tries to prove his innocence, his young wife starts to uncover mysteries of her own... Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bielmo See more »

Filming Locations:

Globe, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$225,132
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mrs. White's Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Scoring this film was one of the few non-Pink Floyd associated productions that composer Nick Mason ever worked on. See more »

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The Detective says to Paul that they know of four people who have bought tires with tracks matching those at a murder scene and Paul is one of them. Paul then asks "What about those other four?" when he should say "What about those other three?" See more »

Quotes

Joan White: Why didn't you tell me?
Mike Desantos: Because I thought, now that HE'S with her, fuck them both!
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In the opening credit montage the films title dissolves in from a negative image of a sun glare. See more »

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The 2014 UK Arrow Video Blu-ray release includes the original opening credits sequence featuring actor John Diehl. See more »

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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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A Country Boy Can Survive
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Beautiful and Bizarre
7 February 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In the wealthy and isolated desert community of Tucson, a sound expert (David Keith) is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in their homes. Tucson is the perfect home for this killer, as it provides a mix of the "civilized" and the wild.

This is one of those titles that has faded more or less into obscurity. As I understand it, the movie was released in 1987 to critical acclaim but low box office returns, causing it never to get a proper release. At least not until Scream Factory came along and put the film on Blu-ray, along with some special features. (Unfortunately, the director had long since passed.)

The film is beautifully shot, using extensive time to show the landscape and surroundings. This does slow the picture down, which will scare some viewers off, but at least for the first half of the movie, it is more of a work of art than a thriller or horror picture. The artsy shots during the murders (not focused on the murder itself), the classical music... it is quite a feast.

Things go from subdued to bizarre in the second half. Not wanting to give anything away, I cannot even mention the strangest moments. But after the first half, you could never even guess the sort of things you will see. It is like the first half is more or less an attempt to emulate the Italian giallo (we even see nothing of the killer beyond an eye and some gloves). Then it becomes more like what we expect from Cannon Films.

Someone ought to explain what is wrong with the daughter. Is she mentally disabled or just socially awkward? But maybe that is just to contribute more to the strange vibe the film gives off. That unusual casting is contrasted with the return of Cathy Moriarty ("Raging Bull"), who had come back from a five-year acting hiatus following a serious car accident. Audiences today may know her best as the villain in "Casper", but it is great to see her in this more challenging role.

The Scream Factory audio commentary comes from Cammell biographer Sam Umland, who is surprisingly knowledgeable not just on Cammell, but on the various shots of this film and how they may be references to obscure French and Italian films. He finds many subtle hints that may or may not have been intentional, such as the parallels between the plot of the film and the plot of the opera that Paul White sings. We can also learn of the multiple homages to "Peeping Tom", most notably the use of a mirror during murder. Very, very wise decision, Scream.

The disc also comes with two deleted scenes and an interview with the Steadicam operator, Larry McConkey. (Actually, there are other interviews on the disc not listed on the case, which are very much worth your time.) For a film that has been widely forgotten, Scream pulled all the stops and gave this just about as good of a release as anyone could hope for.


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