Death Has Blue Eyes (1976) Arrow Video Blu-ray Review
It’s lazy, slight on plot, has tons of nudity, and it also bends genres in a weird, fascinating way. It’s also very cheap, and it might’ve played well to an audience in the late ’70s, but today it feels skeezy and awkward. For Mastorakis fans only.
Two hustlers in Greece get mixed up with a clairvoyant woman and her controlling mother.
A gigolo and his best friend (played by Chris Nomikos and Peter Winter) hit the streets of Athens, hoping to party and make some happy, carefree memories together, but straight from the airport they get into trouble when they con their way into a great meal at a fancy hotel, but get caught by a sexy blonde woman named Christine (Maria Aliferi) and her intense mother Geraldine (Jessica Dublin). Instead of turning the two hustlers in to the authorities, the two women blackmail them into doing some things for them. We already know that Geraldine is using her daughter’s keen clairvoyance for dastardly purposes, but what we don’t know is how the two women are going to use the two hapless horny guys to take the fall for a conspiracy that will most certainly have dire consequences for whoever gets caught. With government agents closely following them and wild sex available to them at every turn, the two hustlers are going to have the time of their lives in Greece … even if it means they’ll lose their lives after the joyride.
A bizarre, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants genre stew with a focus on sex, nudity, and on two characters you’ll have a difficult time siding with, Death Has Blue Eyes (actually green eyes, but whatever) from Greek exploitation filmmaker Nico Mastorakis feels like a direct-to-video movie before there was such a thing. It’s lazy, slight on plot, has tons of nudity, and it also bends genres in a weird, fascinating way. It’s also very cheap, and it might’ve played well to an audience in the late ’70s, but today it feels skeezy and awkward. For Mastorakis fans only.
Arrow Video presents the fairly obscure Death Has Blue Eyes on Blu-ray in high definition for the first time. It’s offered in two aspect ratios – 1:85:1 and 1:33:1 – and the transfer is crisp and clear. There’s a new interview with actress Aliferi, trailers, an insert booklet, and new cover artwork from Graham Humphreys.