Directed by: Nico Mastorakis
Written by: Nico Mastorakis
Starring: Jessica Dublin, Maria Aliferi, Peter Winter, Hristos Nomikos
Running time: 80mins
BBFC Classification: 18
Arrow continue their deep dive into the heady depths of love-him-or-loath-him filmmaker Nico Mastorakis, this time dusting off his debut movie, Death Has Blue Eyes. And boy, is it a doozy. While the notorious Island of Death is the film that made Mastorakis, Death Has Blue Eyes was his first completed picture, helping him make the transition from TV to features. And Mastorakis goes full tilt, throwing in everything he can to deliver a delirious concoction of stunts, sex and the paranormal. Cool!
Bob (Winter) arrives in Athens to hook up with his buddy Chess (Nomikos) and no sooner have they greeted one other than they set about grifting the locals for money, free rides, food and even the odd bedroom dalliance. After much mucking about, the two grifting gigolo’s cross paths with psychics Geraldine (Dublin) and Christine (Aliferi) who through much inexplicability recruit the two to be bodyguards for Christine. Turns out her psychic powers are so strong she can kill people will just the stare of her blue eyes, and there’s a shady organisation after her. But what are Geraldine’s true intentions for Christine: to protect her or use for a much more nefarious means? Bob and Chess are about to find out. Well, after much more larking about, bonking and just general 70s style craziness.
Death Has Blue Eyes is a hoot and could have only come from the 70s and Mastorakis. He throws everything at the screen in a bid to make an exciting movie and while it’s all kinds of bananas, it works. The film throws in stunt packed chases, psychic killings, oodles of sex, funky music and loads of zaniness to create a truly unique paranormal tinged action thriller. It’s a little bit James Bond, a little bit sci-fi and little bit softcore sex flick all set against the sunny backdrops of 1970s Greece. Having been produced by a notorious purveyor of porn, Mastorakis was required to feature ample scenes of nudity to keep things spicy, meaning there’s plenty of (mainly) tasteful T&A to go along with all the motorcycle chases, helicopters firing machine guns and psychic induced deaths.
Not to be taken too seriously, a little rough around the edges, but just a whole heap of fun, Death Has Blue Eyes is a great 70s curio and shows the genesis of Mastorakis’ cinema style: as many elements seen here would pepper his work throughout his career. If you’re into flicks that are off the beaten track and ooze fun (and madness) then Death Has Blue Eyes is a treat. This reviewer is certainly enjoying the unearthing and re-releasing of Mastorakis’ work, and while he can be hit and miss, Death Has Blue Eyes is a hit. Now give me that featured packed Blu Ray release of Mastorakis’ Nightmare at Noon.
Arrow Video will release Death Has Blue Eyes in the UK on Blu Ray 5th April 2021.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS INCLUDE:
- Brand new restoration from the original camera negative approved by the director
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
- Two versions of the film: the widescreen 1.85:1 version and the full-frame 1.33:1 version
- Original mono audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Exclusive new interview featurette with Nico Mastorakis – another cool interview with the man himself talking about how the film came to be, the circumstances it was made under and how an infamous “King of Porn” came to help get it made. Fascinating stuff from Mastorakis as always, all delivered with his usual cheeky glint. There’s also some great info and clips of Mastorakis from his early TV and radio days that shows just how long he has been in the business and how determined he was to make it in the world of movies. Plus, there’s a fair few great anecdotes about the making of the film. Good stuff.
- Exclusive new interview with actress Maria Aliferi – great interview with the very charismatic leading lady who gives fascinating insight into the making of the film, how she became involved, and several great anecdotes about her co-stars and from behind the scenes. Aliferi is warm and wonderful and it’s great to hear her talk so enthusiastically about the film.
- Dancing with Death: tracks from the Death Has Blue Eyes original soundtrack – cool little feature that allows you to listen to music recorded for the film, much of it co-written by Mastorakis himself.
- Original theatrical trailers – very cool, and ridiculously long (!), retro trailers.
- Image gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Julian Grainger – not available at the time of review!