Indie Horror Film "The Mind's Eye" Sounds a Whole Lot like Netflix's Stranger Things

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 5:33PM
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Tuesday, 02 August 2016 - 5:33PM
Indie Horror Film "The Mind's Eye" Sounds a Whole Lot like Netflix's Stranger Things
Stranger Things had everything a sci-fi fan needs: 80's references, Spielberg homages, conspiracies, hands coming through walls, etc. The one thing it was missing? Blood-curdling gore. 



Joe Begos' new film, The Mind's Eye, is about young protagonists who become targets as a result of their telekinetic abilities, and is intended as a throwback to classic 80's horror movies, complete with a retro visual aesthetic and synth score. If that sounds a little familiar, it's because this movie is basically a super gory version of Stranger Things, a fact of which the director is quite aware (although he insists that Mind's Eye came first).

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"About a year-and-a-half ago, everybody was like, 'Oh, you can't make a telekinesis movie with a synth score, what are you thinking?'" Begos told EW. "It's like, 'Well, I guess I was ahead of the curve because Netflix just dropped [a fortune] on exactly what you've just described!' It would be nice if Netflix was like, 'Hey, we'll pay a bunch of extra money to get you on our service early, so people can watch Stranger Things and then it will immediately say, 'You'll also like the Mind's Eye!'"
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Begos, who is known for his indie horror debut, Almost Human, which came out in festivals in 2013, was very much intending to make a retro horror movie, much like the Duffer Brothers:

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"I really latched onto the idea of a telekinesis movie because I like going into some genre of horror that I really loved that we hadn't seen in 30 years. It blows my mind that nobody's making awesome, violent telekinetic horror movies! Or awesome violent alien abduction movies! It's like, 'I want to go make this movie!' So I was talking about it on the press circuit: 'Yeah, I want to make Scanners meets Death Wish.'"
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The comparison to gory and disturbing films like Death Wish, rather than Firestarter or Close Encounters, since this is a much less family-friendly version of Stranger Things. Begos showed footage at the Hall H indie-horror panel at San Diego Comic Con, and he had trouble coming up with a clip that was even semi-appropriate.

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"I really wanted to show this awesome crosscut between a hand-to-hand bathroom fist-fight and a telekinesis showdown in the hallway that results in some stabbings and some exploding heads. We needed to cut out an effect and bleep a swear word. We needed to make multiple edits to make it family-friendly."
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Here's the official synopsis for the film, which will be released in theaters and digitally on Friday:

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Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.
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