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Deadly Eyes

by Ken Tasho
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Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
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Once again I must thank Shout Factory for finally releasing the 1982 movie about overgrown rats called "Deadly Eyes" on Blu-ray and DVD for the very first time. It's time to Ebay that VHS copy and revel in the eye-popping high-definition presentation released under the Scream Factory trademark.

After local corn feed is been contaminated by steroids, gargantuan rats feed on it and start attacking the residents of a city. In "Deadly Eyes" (also known as "Night Eyes"), no one is safe: Not infants, the elderly, or the patrons of the local movie cinema, where the rodents attack movie-goers in an over-the-top hysterical sequence. Late actor Scatman Crothers has two brief scenes, and local Canadian actors were cast in small parts.

"Deadly Eyes" was a staple on the '80s cable circuit and takes place in Toronto, where it was obviously cold and wintery during the Canadian film shoot. In the 25-minute "Deadly Eyes: Dogs in Rats' Clothing," the filmmakers discuss those weather conditions and the special effects of disguising dachshunds as killer rats. The rat costumes come into focus all that much more on Blu-ray.

Shout Factory also includes an array of other bonus material, which is their norm for Blu-ray releases. Over an hour of interviews with cast members are here: "Interview with Actress Lisa Langlois," "An Interview with Joseph Kelly," and "An Interview with Actress Lesleh Donaldson" feature the young actors from the film who are now grown adults. There is also the requisite U.S. original trailer for "Deadly Eyes" included on the Blu-ray.


"Deadly Eyes"
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
www.shoutfactory.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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