The Mind's Eye, writer/director Joe Begos' follow-up to his debut feature Almost Human, plays like a cross between Scanners and The Fury shot by Luciano Tovoli and scored by John Carpenter. At this description, you're likely to find yourself either Googling some of those names and titles or you've stopped reading so you can purchase the movie on iTunes immediately.
Graham Skipper reunites with his Almost Human director to play Zack, a born telekinetic who has been held prisoner for years by the evil Dr. Michael Slovak (John Speredakos) to undergo experiments with the promise that he will one day be reunited with telekinetic/love interest Rachel (Lauren Ashley Carter), who is being held separately at the institute. When the pair escapes, Slovak sends his henchmen after them while also receiving injections so that he might become the most powerful telekinetic in the world.
The spirit he gets right. While Begos has shown growth in both scope and technique since Almost Human, The Mind's Eye still has the same feeling of a home movie made with a bunch of friends -- which it more or less is. But what a group of friends! Any fan of indie horror from the last five years will undoubtedly get a charge out of seeing not just Skipper and Carter (arguably the truest new Scream Queen we've had in years), but also Noah Segan from Starry Eyes and Jeremy Gardner from The Battery and Matt Mercer from Contracted and Larry Fessenden from everything, here getting his very own Dennis Hopper-in-True Romance moment. The only bummer of a performance comes from Speredakos as
Another scene, in which an overly dramatized, slow-motion love scene is intercut with Dr. Slovak getting a needle inserted into his neck, is the movie's real litmus test. If you can laugh at the orgiastic way that Begos depicts both kinds of penetration, all bathed in the bold reds and blues of Inferno-era (era) Argento, this is a movie for you. It's a parody of this kind of sex scene, calling attention to certain stylistic tropes and goofing on them simply by turning them up and juxtaposing them with those same tropes applied to a medical procedure, but it's also a scene about characters on both sides of the divide finally getting what they want most. The visual irony is washed away by the sincerity. It's the movie in a nutshell. There are plenty of people who might laugh off a film about dueling mind powers and exploding heads, but Begos means this shit.