Julia's Eyes (Los ojos de Julia) studio IFC Films director Guillem Morales writer Guillem Morales, Oriol Paulo starring Belen Rueda, Lluis Homar trailer 1 Trailer #1 Official Score: Average User Rating: ADD A USER REVIEW 2 comments Posted By horrorking95 on November 10, 2012 @ 4:57 am Log in to Reply ★★★★★ Wow! When I saw Julia’s Eyes for £3 in Morrisons the other day, I thought I may as well buy it, as it’s something I’ve had my eye on for years and eventually forgotten about, probably due to the mediocre reviews. So I was expecting something of a mediocre film. What I wasn’t expecting was another Spanish horror classic that was packed with nail-biting suspense and masterful direction. Either I’m a fool, or Julia’s Eyes is one of the most under-rated horror films of its year! Julia’s Eyes opens extremely strongly with the murder of her sister and from then on it just gets better and better. You know you’re in for a superb ride, right from the beginning as it shows off some outstanding cinematography and directional flare, which the film only builds up right until the terrific climax! What Julia’s Eyes does well for the first half is establish characters and relationships which is a thing most American horror films do poorly. In fact, the first half doesn’t seem like it belongs much in the horror genre at all, which isn’t a bad thing because the third act more than makes up for it. Besides, the characters are so well established and likable you’re likely not to care. Belen Rueda puts on another fantastic performance, she’s extremely believable as a blind woman and also makes herself very likable. The first half acts more as an engaging mystery thriller with Belen investigating her sister’s so-called suicide, much to her husband’s disappointment. There are some excellent stand-out moments such as a wonderful POV murder where no one notices the man fleeing the scene. It adds a supremely thick air of mystery and another dimension to the films themes. It’s as much about loneliness than anything else. Things become extremely disorientating once Julia becomes inevitably blind and it works very effectively to the film’s advantage. We never see anyone else’s face once she becomes blind so everyone becomes a suspect as the audience loses their sight as much as Julia does. The remainder of the film simply doesn’t let go and becomes a thrilling and frantic fight for survival. By the end of it I felt worn out and also highly satisfied. Morales builds up heaps and heaps of tension and suspense, he could easily give Hitchcock a run for his money! I was squirming in my seat, shouting at the TV and gasping. All these are signs of a highly effective and masterful shocker. In some of it you feel as confused and paranoid as Julia does. And whilst the identity and motives of the killer may not be all that incredible, he’s still very creepy and believable. There are some fantastic chase sequences and never-ending tension. It builds up to an exciting finale, to which you might need to find your breath back. Yes, Julia’s Eyes may not be up there with The Orphanage or REC but it’s not damn far! It’s a solid horror/thriller which made me feel involved and entertained. There isn’t much gore, but it certainly doesn’t hold back when it needs to and also includes possibly the ballsiest eye squirming sequence since Zombie Flesh Eaters. Julia’s Eyes is a Spanish masterpiece. It looks great and also has enough depth to make you feel involved. I’d highly recommend, you might find yourself as surprised as I was! Posted By MattSlash on January 5, 2013 @ 11:39 pm Log in to Reply ★★★☆☆ CommentThe story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister. Julia’s Eyes has a terrifying premise. Losing your vision methodically, while investigating the death of a loved one, who may or may not of killed themselves, and being stalked by a shadowy figure that may be involved. Chilling to the bone! I jumped out of my seat more with the scares in this movie than most of the horror movies released to theaters last year! The atmosphere and suspense were stellar and had me on the edge of my seat. The film is like an unknown Alfred Hitchcock classic! The performances were compelling, especially from the lead actress who gives a pretty great and shattering performance of a woman losing her vision, Julia, played by Belén Rueda, who you may remember from 2007′s The Orphanage. Director, Guillem Morales is definitely one to look out for, as this is only his second feature horror film and he is already very skillful at it. The attention to detail with no reliance on effects is much needed in this genre, it seems that he knows what he is doing and shows maturity as a director and it’s only his second movie! He knows this genre to the basics of its birth and I hope he sticks with horror! Now I really want to see The Uninvited Guest, his first full-length film. Can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next! Overall, this is a solid, good old-fashioned, yet modern psychological/horror film, with strong performances, a terrifying story, chilling atmosphere and suspense, effective scares without being overly gory and a great director behind the camera. What more can you ask for when most theatrical horror movies are less than perfect and disappointing? Go rent it ASAP! 7.5 out of 10!!!!