Five Across the Eyes (2006)

I wish more indie flicks like these made the rounds at conventions and whatnot. One thing about Five Across The Eyes that really got to me was how simple it looked, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It was a flick I herd allot about through DreadCentral.com and Rue-Morgue.com. So you know me, I will always take the bait (majority of the time) I hear on something talked about enough. I wouldn’t say this is a great movie, or a classic, but the reason I’m posting this on our site is to show people you don’t need a million dollar budget to make a scary film. All you need is someone with a vision or direction. For that reason, Five Across The Eyes succeeds where allot of other films with way more money and high level actors have failed. In short, I think it would of been better as a cut down 15min -20min youtube film, but I still enjoyed it for what it was.

Five teenage girls find themselves hopelessly lost after taking a detour on their night-time drive back from a high school football game. They see salvation in the form of a still-open store where they get the directions they were after and a lot more besides. After accidentally bumping into an unattended SUV, the girls speed off into the night rather than report what they have done and face any consequences. But those consequences are coming their way anyway courtesy of the unhinged female driver of said vehicle who gives chase and over the course of the next hour or so, changes the girls’ lives forever.

Based on a script written by co-director Greg Swinson’s high school friend Marshall Hicks, at the time aptly called Chased, the material was knocked into a shape that would be workable for a movie costing just $4,000. With a cast of non-actors, Swinson and co-director Ryan Thiessen, armed with just a couple of cameras, shot the movie over nine long days in June 2005 in Morristown, Tennessee, the same town that The Evil Dead was shot back in 1981.

It’s flicks like these that will once in a while let you know you don’t need a ton of money or to be fucking funded by the god damn Weinstein Brothers. All you need is a location, some no name actors, some blood…well allot of blood, and a camera.

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