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The Mind's Eye (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 5 August 2016 (USA)
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Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak,... See full summary »

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Joe Begos

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Joe Begos
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Cast

Credited cast:
Graham Skipper ... Zack Connors
Lauren Ashley Carter ... Rachel Meadows
John Speredakos ... Dr. Michael Slovak
Larry Fessenden ... Mike Connors
Noah Segan ... Travis Levine
Matt Mercer ... David Armstrong
Michael A. LoCicero ... Kurt Thompson
Jeremy Gardner ... Vince
Patrick M. Walsh ... Officer Rayne
Brian Morvant ... Tommy
Josh Ethier ... Jim Robbins
Susan T. Travers ... Nurse Potter
Chuck Doherty Chuck Doherty ... Gary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jesse Dufault ... Roger
Angella Lynsey Ford ... Nurse Maddigan
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Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use. Written by RLJ Entertainment

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poder mental See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhode Island, USA

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Channel 83 Films, Site B See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A photo of Scream Queen Barbara Crampton is visible on the wall of the protagonist's bedroom. See more »

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On top of the stack of VHS tapes in Mike's living room, in a scene said to be taking place in 1991, there is a video package with an IFC logo on it. IFC launched in 1994. See more »

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At the very beginning of the film it states that THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD with the emphasis of the word Loud being underlined. See more »

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References Scanners (1981) See more »

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"Almost Human" Director Out-"Scanners" "Scanners" sequels!
7 November 2015 | by dale-loverSee all my reviews

Here's a first for yours truly: a review of a yet-to-be-released film that's currently making the festival circuit. The 'secret movie' and highlight of Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema's Halloween 'Nite to Dismember'celebration turned out to be director Joe Bego's follow-up to "Almost Human," the very 80's (particularly Steve Moore's wall-to- wall electronic soundtrack) "The Mind's Eye." What "Turbo Kid" is to 80's post-apocalyptic movies "The Mind's Eye" is to David Cronenberg's "Scanners": a contemporary homage that looks/sounds like the genuine article, right down to the ugly-looking logo of the institute at the center of the intrigue. Per Begos' representative at the screening, the director's aim was to make the sequel/follow-up to "Scanners" that he feels the actual "Scanners" sequels didn't live up to. It takes an awful lot of trouble for "The Mind's Eye's" psychokinetic characters to flex their mental muscles. A simple ax or gun seems to do the trick better for most of the film. Even though it mercilessly teases early on that big exploding heads and psychokinetic duels are coming, it's not until the final act that "The Mind's Eye" truly goes berserk in a good way. You know, like "Rabid" and "The Brood" and, yes, "Scanners."

Personally I feel "The Mind's Eye" has some shortcomings in the casting of its leads. Either that or Begos deliberately went with actors that feel miscast (Graham Skipper) or way over the top (John Speredakos) to match similar bad casting in Cronenberg's late 70's/early 80's films. That would be an even more meta tribute to the Canadian master of body horror than the "Videodrome"-like opening titles/fonts that start the movie. At least the supporting cast is populated with low-budget horror luminaries, from Larry Fessenden ("I Sell the Dead") and Jeremy Gardner ("The Battery") to Noah Segan ("Starry Eyes") and Lauren Ashley Carter ("The Woman"). For a 2015 low-budget film that sets its story in the early 90's (which makes it feel closer to Cronenberg's prime decades) the action is decent and the deaths/gore off-the-charts groovy, something "Scanners 2 & 3" definitely skimped on. For fans of body horror missing the old Cronenberg now that the genuine article is doing mostly psychologically-heavy stuff (not that I'm complaining), "The Mind's Eye" will make for a pleasant and entertaining evening's entertainment. Me and the Nitehawk Halloween crowd really dug it.


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