The Mind’s Eye

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A man with telekinetic powers faces off against a mad doctor in The Mind’s Eye. Since the 1980s, individuals with telekinetic powers have been appearing and have been progressively becoming deadlier. In late 1990, a fugitive telekinetic named Zack Connors (Graham Skipper) is picked up by authorities and admitted into a research institute run by Dr. Slovak (John Speredakos). Despite the promise of being reunited with fellow telekinetic Rachel (Lauren Ashley Carter), it quickly becomes apparent that Dr. Slovak has ulterior and sinister motives.

The Mind’s Eye is the second feature film by director Joe Begos (Almost Human) and features a plot highly reminiscent of David Cronenberg’s 1981 sci-fi/horror classic Scanners. However, since The Mind’s Eye has an obviously lower budget than Scanners, the film comes off more like a cheesy b-movie, with obviously artificial practical gore effects and very campy over-the-top acting, particularly from the film’s lead antagonist Dr. Slovak.

While The Mind’s Eye is far from a perfect film, it is quite evident that director Joe Begos has a real affinity for the horror genre, which is also apparent in his debut film Almost Human from two years ago. Begos is not afraid to shamelessly reference Scanners in the film, such as the infamous exploding head, though The Mind’s Eye is also a darker and more gory story than Cronenberg’s. Altogether, The Mind’s Eye is an OK enough telekinetic thriller.

 ★ ★ ★ 1/2 | FAIR  


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The Mind's Eye (2015)
Runtime:87 minutes
Director:Joe Begos
Country:United States
Zack Connors
Rachel Meadows
Dr. Michael Slovak
Mike Connors
Travis Levine
David Armstrong
Kurt Thompson
Officer Rayne
Genres:Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Production companies:
Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.
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