Director and writer Austin Jennings, best known for his work on “The Last Drive-In with Job Bob Briggs,” is set to make his feature length horror debut with the upcoming film “Eight Eyes.” He will be directing the movie and co-writing the script with Justin Martell, who came up with the original concept for the film.
“Eight Eyes,” centers around Cass (Emily Sweet) and Gav (Brad Thomas) who are at the breaking point in their marriage. So they decide to take a trip through former Yugoslavia in an attempt to mend what has soured. After meeting a mysterious local, Saint Peter (Bruno Veljanovski), he eagerly offers to be their guide. The couple soon embark on an impromptu sightseeing expedition with their new found friend. However, Cass becomes increasingly disturbed by Saint Peter’s unsettling fixation on them. They quickly find themselves trapped in a nightmarish descent where supernatural forces threaten their lives! As the mysterious local, pulls them deeper into his web of psychic rituals.
Not only will “Eight Eyes” be Jennings’ first foray into feature-length films. It will also be the boutique label Vinegar Syndrome’s first original production. The company up to this point has focused on unearthing and preserving genre films. Making this release even more exciting!
The film premiered earlier this year at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. It is “Photographed entirely on location in Serbia and Macedonia and on 16mm Kodak film, Eight Eyes draws from European genre cinema and American horror films of the 70s to create a nightmarish tableau of nostalgia twisted into berserk, new shapes,” says Vinegar Syndrome. “Set among the ruins of the former Yugoslavia, Eight Eyes was developed with significant contributions from the film’s local cast and crew to ensure an authentic portrayal of the cultural environment in which it is set – one rarely been documented on film.”
Given the look of the trailer, mission accomplished on the vintage feel and sound.
“Eight Eyes” is co-produced with Not the Funeral Home, the team behind Shudder’s “The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.” With Martell and Matt Manjourides as executive producers.
Since “Eight Eyes” is still making its way through the festival circuit there is no set release date just yet. We’ll keep you posted on updates as they become available. In the meantime, check out the trailer below: