White of the Eye is a completely insane horror-thriller children of the ’80s might remember from old video store Coming Soon catalogs.
It played limited release, so if you didn’t live in a big city — and if your parents were totally lame and wouldn’t let you watch R-rated movies — then you probably didn’t get to actually see it until sneak viewings on HBO or Cinemax once the home video window finally closed.
For the lucky few who did get access to it, you know why today’s news from Scream Factory is so wonderful. The David Keith-starring mystery has been in limbo for a number of years, never seeing an official DVD release and surviving only on the black market.
Now SF is bringing it to Blu-ray in a completely remastered special edition, available this November. If you haven’t heard of the Donald Cammell-helmed serial killer drama, here’s the rundown from IMDb.
“In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in their homes. As he desperately tries to prove his innocence, his young wife starts to uncover mysteries of her own.”
Cammell died in 1996, but left horror fans with White of the Eye and the Julie Christie-starring Demon Seed, which has been more readily available since its release in 1977.
Part of the problem with finding White of the Eye on DVD, at least in the states — it has been available in Europe for quite some time — is the film’s extreme nature.
It was a bit harder edged than what American audiences of the time were used to and landed on home video right around the time when you couldn’t readily get an uncensored copy of Evil Dead. The violence in White of the Eye is much grittier and real.
Here’s a trailer.
Scream Factory’s announcement came with a slew of others that you can check out from the official Facebook page. Some highlights include the following.
“ELI ROTH’S THE STRANGER (10/1), THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (10/13), THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION (10/20), TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT & BORDELLO OF BLOOD (10/20), HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (10/27), HUMAN CENTIPEDE: THE COMPLETE SEQUENCE (10/27) and ARMY OF DARKNESS (10/27) – Full list of extras will formally announced in early Sept. We’ll leave you with a tease though: ARMY is now a 3-disc Blu-ray set.”
Will you be picking any of these up, horror fans?
[Image via still from White of the Eye]