UNDERGROUND USA: INDIE CINEMA OF THE 80s - Eyes of Fire (w/ a live set by Werewheels!)

Cinefamily’s Up From The Depths celebrates rare and weird films excavated from several realms beyond the consciousness of even the committed cult-film lover, this time with the fierce DIY horror flick Eyes of Fire. The film will be followed by set by Werewheels (featuring Plastic Crimewave and Dawn Aquarius), a Chicago-based duo here to open clogged mind passages using guitars, keys, treated voices, and machines, creating a unique transcendent wall of sci-fried sounds—inspired by gnarly biker and horror film soundtracks, bad trip krautrock, and psychedelic synthpunk.

The woods of early American settlers were a territory of savage darkness—the home of the devil and mysteriously foreboding. Like the untamed American continent itself, the woods were an unknowable place—and remain ripe for projections of fantasy and horror (see: The Witch). Surrealist photographer (and first time filmmaker) Avery Crounse’s Eyes of Fire seizes the psychology of these early settlers, in this poor-man’s-punk take on the supernatural battle between good and evil, rife with impressively fantastical set pieces—from trees with faces and a mysterious naked forest-dwelling sect, to rains of skulls and bones—all swung on an Underground USA-style shoestring.

Dir. Avery Crounse, 1983, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!