This week on the B movie docket is The Killer Eye
Hello good people. And welcome to 50 B Movies: The Sequel. It’s bigger, better, and badder. The original 50 b Movies covered a wide range of B Movies. There was everything from Thankskilling 3 to The Void. Some films were funny. Some were unintentionally funny. And some were mainstream with far-out concepts like zombie tigers. All in all, it was a hell of a list.
Why make a sequel? Because narrowing down a list of 50 B Movies To See Before You Die was arduous. With so many movies to watch, one can never really know if the movie is good. Sure sometimes 5 minutes in, you know it is a real stinker. Other times it might take a half an hour before one realizes they will never get that half hour back to their life. Poof. Gone. But all in all there are many great B Movies that didn’t make the original list.
So welcome back if you are a LRM reader and welcome if it’s your first time here. Be forewarned we will be treading deep into the bush to pull these B Movies. We aren’t rehashing anyone’s previous 50 or 100 or 1000 B Movies list. Nope. So, prepare yourself for 50 B Movies To See Before You Die: The Sequel. Bigger. Better. Badder. Oooh yeah.
WEEK 8 – The Killer Eye (1999)
Viewer beware. Kaiju copulation ahead. The Killer Eye totes the line between being a very softcore Adult movie and a very cheesy B movie. It feels like someone was aiming to hit the mark for fetishistic body horror. The very same that director David Cronenberg is known for. But instead they missed the mark and landed in another genre all together. Fortunately the made a very tongue-in-cheek adult comedy. Because as much as The Killer Eye is about a monstrous sentient eye from the eighth dimension. It’s also about the failure of humans to meet each other’s physical needs.
A mad scientist’s experiment goes awry, turning a dead homeless man’s eyeball into a giant killing machine that has an insatiable appetite for young women.
That was the synopsis I found online. But this one below does a better job at painting the picture.
A workaholic scientist with an insatiable quest for arcane scientific knowledge has been ignoring his lusty wife. His mission to break into the eighth dimension has left his wife in the wind. She tries to make up for his deficiency by rolling around in the sack with two drug addict stud muffins, right under his nose. But he’s too busy staring into the eyes of young homeless boys to notice much else. That is until an eyeball from the eighth dimension, possessing a voracious sexual appetite is stranded in his home.
Face it, people love good monsters in movies. A well enough done monster can outgrow the very film it lives in. How many people can identify Frankenstein, Godzilla, or Jason and have yet to watch the movies they are featured in? So, how’s the monster in The Killer Eye stack up to the famous monsters? Not as much as I had hoped. The giant eye is a lot less terrifying Lovecraftian horror and more man-sized sperm. Wait, that does sound terrifying. The thing is that The Killer Eye is a cheesy B movie.
So, in that context seeing a giant eye that is shaped a lot like a tadpole and does more perving about than it does actual killing is satisfactory. I mean you’d watch a monster movie directed by Matt Reeves to see some true Lovecraftian destruction. We’re here watching director David DeCoteau’s flick to see a pervy giant eyeball try to copulate with people after slipping them hypnotic mickey’s with its eye laser.
Man, if there’s one thing that’s certain about The Killer Eye, it’s that no one is ever going to be disappointed it didn’t score any Oscars. Since the Oscars don’t have a category for B Movies at the present time of this writing. But that’s not to say there never will be. I mean how cool would it be to offset some of that super-serious tone at the Oscars with an award celebrating the top B movie? One can wish. On second thought, a task of this undertaking might be more suitable for MTV to handle.
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The award for most oblivious husband in a horror movie goes to Jonathan Norman as Dr. Jordan Grady. I was hoping there were more films to track down featuring Jonathan Norman’s specific breed of cheesiness. Sadly, there are not. In fact, Jonathan Norman’s bulk of work consists of working behind the scenes in films. But I will tell you what. I will give the movies he’s worked on a watch. Soon, I will be tracking down copies of Frankenstein Reborn. and The Werewolf Reborn.
Sadly, there is no body deforming horror on display. No actor contorts into a tissue mass while their skin melts off like Emil from Robocop. But you know what? Robocop didn’t have a scene where a giant eyeball joins a trio for a tryst in the sack. That is what The Killer Eye has plenty of. This is one giant eyeball that can’t keep the optic nerve off the ladies. Whether said talent is showering or exercising, there is no escape.
There is plenty of cheese on display. So much cheese in fact that there was enough for these filmmakers to make a sequel; The Killer Eye 2. I haven’t seen the sequel. But there’s definitely an argument to watch the follow-up. To be quite honest, The Killer Eye is in rare company. It may sit somewhere in the annals of B Movie history next to Tire. That movie was covered in the first 50 B Movies. Its entire plot revolved around a sentient tire.
Thankfully the tire was more into exploding people than copulation. I have no idea or care to ponder how that would work. But I’m positive it would smell like rubber. That said if you’re in the movie for a cheesy B movie then I suggest you give The Killer Eye a watch.
In a cinematic landscape full of contenders, The Killer Eye’s monster really is a must-see. I mean have you ever seen a giant eye gross people out in the bedroom? And not just the bedroom. Also, the shower. And the gym. And pretty much all over the scientist’s house.
Watch it where?
The Killer Eye is currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.
How To Enjoy It
The Killer Eye is straight-up classic cheese. It would make a great group watch.