Released by Vestron Video in 1987, this movie — also known as Cry Blue Sky — is a forgotten piece of folk horror. It’s also pretty much the same movie as The Witch, minus any arthouse aspirations. Instead of a man whose pride casts his family out of their village, this movie is about a reverend accused of adultery and polygamy.
Reverend Will Smythe (Dennis Lipscomb, Under Siege) and his follows leave their town behind to live in a valley haunted by an ancient evil. A rugged woodsman named Marion Dalton (Guy Boyd, Body Double) is along for the ride because he has his eye on Smythe’s lusty wife Eloise. Hijinks, as they say, ensue. And by hijinks, I mean, whatever is in the woods begins to haunt and kill everyone.
Rob Paulsen, who plays Jewell Buchanan, would go on to be a voice actor. Perhaps you’ve heard him as Raphael and Donatello, two of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or as Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. He’s also in the movies Stewardess School, Warlock and Body Double. He’s also the voice that says, “Cheers was filmed in front of a live audience.” In all, he’s been in 1,000+ commercials and been the voice of 250+ cartoon characters.
Director Avery Crounse started his career as a photographer and only made two other films: The Invisible Kid and Sister Island, both of which starred Karen Black.
Eyes of Fire is a strange and wonderful film, a kind of Western horror that sadly is not available either on DVD or blu ray in the U.S. That’s pretty amazing, as we live in a world where nearly every film is available in physical and streaming form. I’d assume once Vestron begins releasing blu rays again — their collector’s series has put out Maximum Overdrive, Beyond Re-Animator, Dagon, Gothic, Class of 1999, Slaughter High, the three Warlock films, The Unholy, the Wishmaster collection, The Gate, Lair of the White Worm, Parents, Chopping Mall, C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud, the two Waxwork movies, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Blood Diner — this might finally appear.
For more movies that haven’t been released on DVD, check out our article “Ten movies that were never even released on DVD.”