Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Joshua Nelson and Joshua James
What's it about
In a hospital, several doctors have begun tests involving PCP on their patients that make them go crazy and mutilate themselves. One patient in particular gets out of his cell and takes his revenge out on the doctors and anyone else in his way.
Is it good movie?
The film begins as almost two separate movies. One follows the story of Brandon, who lets his family move out while he stays behind to work things out. The other story follows the goings-on at the hospital. Needless to say, the crazy people in the hospital were more interesting than the drama in the family (that includes a ten-year old that steals money for smokes). Of course things get much better when disfigured patient Edgar (named because of his affinity for Poe) escapes and finds his way into the home of Brandon’s family and abducts his wife.
Two things really stood out in this movie for me- the effects and the villain. Ripped out eyeballs, stabbings, brain matter blown across a wall, this movie proves it can be quite messy when it intends to be. Edgar just seems to be your typical crazy mental patient but it’s the way actor Joshua James portrays him. Maybe it’s just that he’s usually quoting Edgar Allen Poe, but that voice just commands you to watch him. It’s just not James’ acting that’s good though. Pretty much everyone else in this movie does a good job acting, which isn’t something you tend to see with low-budget filmmaking.
On the downside, as I said, I was way more interested with what was going on in the hospital in the first half of the movie. I really wasn’t into the family drama. The only other gripe I really have is how quickly the villain was dispatched. He deserved a better end than that.
Video / Audio
No specs are listed anywhere.
We get a commentary, which was okay, slightly long pauses between sayings though.
Also get a couple of episodes of something called “The Scream Show.” Basically it’s a horror-themed entertainment show complete with clips, interviews and short movies. My kind of show.
There are also trailers for a couple other Halo-8 films: The Devil’s Muse and Gimme Skelter.
Great gore effects, plenty of T&A and a villain worth watching make Pink Eye stand out from other low budget films.