This writer got a sneak peek during a private screening held earlier this week at the ‘W’ Hotel in Hollywood, CA, of director Clint Lien’s psycho-thriller Behind Your Eyes, and while this won’t be a full-fledged review as the film is in the final stages of color correction and editing, we have been covering the production from the beginning (see our set report from this past January here) so here’s a brief tease.
Vesuvio Entertainment’s Behind Your Eyes is full of red herrings, and while donning the outfit of a slasher film, it reveals itself by minute twenty-one to be something much more. Writer and actor Daniel Fanaberia delivers not only a compelling script but also a commanding performance, and not unlike the lead in last year’s The Collector (actor Josh Stewart), he paints a multi-layered cinematic canvas of a complicated man battling his own demons, who finds himself thrust into a terrible situation that just may lead to his redemption.
Lien’s direction is strong and cinematographer Akis Konstantakopoulos utilizes the Red camera well, and together the duo exact from the cast and surroundings a certain unpredictable grit, which allows the viewer to easily empathize with the characters’ proverbial descent into the surprising rabbit-hole the narrative dictates. There’s a certain cross generational and genre appeal here as well, as the film elevates itself from a simple gore-fest (and for the most part eschews it) and begs the viewer to question character and motivation. Alliances shift, true faces are revealed, and Vesuvio delivers a film which looks ten times its budget.
Check out some exclusive stills, the poster, and the trailer below, and for more on Behind Your Eyes visit the official Vesuvio Entertainment website.
Behind Your Eyes – Trailer
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Stephen Carlyle (Tom Sandoval) about to embark on a weekend to meet the parents.
Erika Johnson (Frida Farrell) in Behind Your Eyes.
Stephen Carlyle (Tom Sandoval) in Behind Your Eyes.
Daniel Fanaberia is the menacing Mark Balentine in Behind Your Eyes.
Erika Johnson (Frida Farrell) and Mark Balentine (Daniel Fanaberia) in Behind Your Eyes.
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