World Premiere
Selection 2023

Eight Eyes

Directed by Austin Jennings

Hosted by Director Austin Jennings, Producer Justin Martell, Executive Producer Joe Rubin, Co-Writer Matt Frink and Actors Bradford Thomas, Emily Sweet and Bruno Veljanovski.

USA, Serbia, Macedonia 2023 86 mins OV English/serbian Subtitles : English
Genre HorrorThriller

At the breaking point of their dysfunctional marriage, Cass (Emily Sweet) and Gav (Brad Thomas) take a trip through former Yugoslavia in an attempt to mend what has soured. After meeting a mysterious local, Saint Peter (Bruno Veljanovski), who eagerly offers to be their guide, the couple embark on an impromptu sightseeing expedition. However, Cass becomes increasingly disturbed by Saint Peter's unsettling fixation on them, as they soon find themselves trapped in a nightmarish descent where supernatural forces threaten their lives!

Prepare to be thrilled by Vinegar Syndrome’s inaugural production, co-produced with Not the Funeral Home, the team behind Shudder's THE LAST DRIVE-IN WITH JOE BOB BRIGGS, as co-writer and director Austin Jennings, working from an originating idea by Justin Martell, swings for the bloodied fences with his feature film debut, EIGHT EYES! Shocking and sure to disturb, Jennings fashions a story that is bursting at the seams with tension, and with a conclusion so visually mind-bending that it will melt your eyes right out of their sockets! Shooting entirely on gritty 16mm and on location in Serbia, cinematographer Sean Dahlberg drags us through the grimiest recesses of the territory, painting a chilling picture of colonial tourism and the moral issues that surround it.

With excellent performances from Emily Sweet (V/H/S/99), Brad Thomas, and the enigmatic Bruno Veljanovski, whose on-screen presence will make you viscerally uncomfortable, EIGHT EYES will have you questioning the true nature of those you encounter on your next vacation. Fans of Vinegar Syndrome’s restoration projects will find lots to love in EIGHT EYES as Jennings channels the spirits of exploitation cinema’s past to construct a film that is as ghoulish as it is captivating. Featuring an original score by Morricone Youth.– Vincenzo Nappi