Comment A low budget psycho-tension horror movie, shot on DV video its unfortunately got the presentation of a low budget movie, but the movie itself isn't really like you'd expect. The movie seems to have rooted out a decent following.
With HPE (Hardcore Poisoned Eyes) Sal Ciavarello has crafted a slick and effective horror film. Shot entirely on Digital Video, on what I'm assuming is a shoestring budget; Ciavarello has succeeded in doing what so many filmmakers have failed in. HPE doesn't work because it's silly, or camp, or dumb horror you can drink to, it works because it's well written, acted, and above all directed.
Angelique (Christine Gallo), Sarah (Wendy Allyn) and Ellie (Jessica Hester) are three friends vacationing at a cabin in the dead of winter in upstate New York. Angelique has an ulterior motive for the trip. Her grandfather was murdered in a robbery attempt, an attempt that Angelique finds hard to swallow. Apparently, her grandfather was doing research on satanic cults for a book he was writing and was in contact with a member from a local sect. Angelique believes said cult has something to do with her grandfather's murder. That night, in a drunken stupor, Sarah calls Angelique's grandfathers "contact" and rambles about knowing what he did, and that they are presently at the cabin. Realizing what they have done, the girls are now fully aware of a drunken joke gone terribly wrong and that they are in store for a true night of terror.
Hardcore Poisoned Eyes is far from a perfect film. HPE is definitely not without its problems, but the bottom line is that it is a really good film. The script is engaging and intelligently written, containing deep-rooted conversations in religion, among other things. The characters are well developed, and most of all interesting. All 3 female leads provide effective performances. There are some truly chilling moments in this film, and you're probably gonna want to watch it more than once, right off the bat.
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