Did you ever see that scene in “Scanners where the dude’s head blew up? All evidence certainly points to Joe Begos having seen David Cronenberg’s body-horror exemplar, and by “all evidence” I of course mean the trailer for “The Mind’s Eye,” a psychokinetic thriller that’s been making the festival-circuit rounds since its premiere last fall. Check out the trailer below and pay special attention to its last few moments, which come close to directly invoking “Scanners.”
The film stars Graham Skipper and Lauren Ashley Carter as a coupled gifted (or cursed, depending your view of things) with supernatural talents that draw the attention of a doctor hoping to use their otherworldly abilities for his own nefarious purposes. Between its John Carpenter esque–soundtrack and VHS-ready font, the trailer evinces a distinctly retro vibe.
Begos and Skipper previously worked together on the director’s “Almost Human.” Their latest collaboration premiered in Toronto last fall and won the Best Horror Director Award at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. “The Mind’s Eye” hits theaters on August 5.