Scary Eye Horror

The opening of X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963) starts with a long shot of a human eyeball

There are various subgenres of horror. Movies about specific types of the body like severed hands, feet, arms, legs, etc, but nothing to me is more unsettling than eyes. The earliest horror movie I remember seeing involving eyes was Roger Corman’s X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (#2 so far in our October 2019 Challenge). I saw it in my teens and was disturbed.

What makes this movie so unsettling, and that is a familiar theme of movies in the 60s and 70s and even some in the 80s is that the focus isn’t on blood, gore and psychopaths roaming around. It’s more of a quiet, make viewers think, horror. Why is this doctor experimenting trying to see beyond what normal humans can see? In the beginning, there seem to be some practical uses to having Superman’s x-ray vision, but what if you go farther than that? What will you see?

Oooo, I’m shivering just thinking about it.

Films like this are what I enjoy so much about horror. It doesn’t have to be a bunch of murder and mayhem. In fact, I think horror fans have been a little desensitized to films that rely on the (often overuse) jump scene. Instead, I think horror that makes you think can be scarier. Make me think about why somebody is doing something they know is causing damage, and just keep doing it .. and doing it. Shudder.

This film is part of our October 2019 Challenge. Here are the films watched and reviewed this month so far in our quest to 66+ horror films (ranked by most to least scariest):

  1. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. Child’s Play (1988)⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Children of the Corn (1984) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Leprechaun 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Leprechaun In The Hood ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. You Can’t Kill Stephen King ½

Anything rated less than three stars is not usually recommended. Click on the title to read the review.

Leprechaun 3: “Tell Me, What Was Judy Garland Really Like?”

The character Art asking the Leprechaun Warwick Davis, “What was Judy Garland really like?”

Halloween is my second favorite holiday, next to Christmas. From a movie standpoint, although it might be cliched, I enjoy watching a lot of horror movies during the month of October.

My goal this month — to be known as the October 2019 Challenge — will be to watch or rewatch and review a total of 66+ horror movies. That’s a little over two movies a day on average for the month. You can track all reviews via Letterboxd and/or will be recapped here throughout this month at various intervals. Maybe once every six reviews or so.

If you’re wondering about the title of this post? My first movie of the October challenge is Leprechaun 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and this is a question that Art asks the Leprechaun, “What was Judy Garland really like?” presumably (?) a reference to how the Leprechaun looks a little bit like one of the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.

There are so many, many fun, campy horror movies like the Leprechaun series to go through and some legitimately scary movies (not this series, of course). October 2019 Challenge #2 is Leprechaun In The Hood ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Leprechaun #5 in the series).