- X 2019
Ruediger W. Kuemmerle, Ivan Bernard Hruska, Kristina Rust (executive), Caroline Williams (executive) for Silent Partners
directed by Marcel Walz
starring Sarah French, Caroline Williams, Tyler Gallant, Jed Rowen, Thomas Haley, Ben Kaplana, Jessica G.F. Galetti, Sheri Davis, Kevin Cooper, Michael St. Michaels, Robert F. Lucas, Kristina Rust
written by Joe Knetter, music by Klaus Pfreundner, special effects by Kwame Head, special effects makeup by Headkase Studios
A couple of years back, Faye (Sarah French) was a successful moviestar,
and there seemed to be nothing that could stop her career - but then she
lost her eyesight due to a botched up laser eye surgery, which of course
threw her life completely out of balance and effectively ended her career.
Since then she's suffering from depression, which she only augments
herself by frequently watching her last interview as a seeing person
(interviewer played by Sheri Davis), and it's only thanks to her new best
friend Sophia (Caroline Williams), who's blind as well, that she hasn't
just given up on life altogether. Thanks to Sophia she visits a self help
group for those recently blinded, led by mute Luke (Tyler Gallant), who
only can communicate with them through a speech device on his cellphone.
Luke is clearly interested in Faye, and she in him as well, but due to her
blindness she's too insecure to admit to her feelings for the longest
What Faye doesn't know, she's not alone in her house, a madman (Jed
Rowen) in a doll mask hides away in the basement she can no longer use due
to her condition, and obsessed as he is with her, he every now and again
breaks into her apartment without her knowing it, to ogle her, steal her
used clothes and the like. His obsession eventually leads him to start
killing persons close to Faye, with the obvious intention to make her his
and his alone. And it seems he'll stop at nothing ...
Blind is a supremely creepy movie for sure, thanks of
course to a very atmospheric directorial effort and camerawork - but also
thanks to its slow but careful build-up that doesn't throw the viewer into
the thick of things right away or gives away too much too soon but at
first hides the unease that's to be felt in details and grows it from
there. That coupled with the fact that all the main characters are really
fleshed outand have interesting arcs, and of course strong performances
from the whole ensemble make this a pretty awesome piece of genre cinema.