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By James Whittington, Monday 18th January 2021 Blind Date 88 Films Certificate 18
This tale of obsession and sight loss is a prime example of 80s arty horror. Directed by Nico Mastorakis, the man behind the controversial shocker Island of Death, this is a sci-fi infused giallo style slasher that's been off the shelves for far too long.
Ad Exec Jon Ratcliff is obsessed and riddled with guilt over his lost girlfriend but then is convinced he spots her at a photo shoot. Trying to track her down he's involved in an incident and loses his sight, but medics can't understand how it's happened as his eyes have suffered no damage. Luckily, he's soon equipped with state-of-the-art technology (a zipped-up Walkman!) which partially returns his vision. Meanwhile a Taxi Driver is busy slicing up innocent victims and unlucky for Jon, he catches a glimpse of the killer in action...
With cast which includes Joseph Bottoms, Kirsty Alley, plus brief glimpses of Marina Sirtis and Keir Dullea this is an inventive and fun slice and dice piece with great visuals and dodgy dialogue. Played totally straight with and over-enthusiastic score, Blind Date has some original set-pieces, especially when Jon is wearing his new device.
As you'd expect the plot is convoluted at times and the supporting cast aren't there for their acting skills but look beyond this and you'll appreciate the inventiveness of the script and though it does suffer from some padding here and there it has a lot to offer fans of the genre. Tension in the last reel is ramped right up and delivers a memorable pay off which is ruined by the trailer so don't watch that before the main feature.
Transfer is clean and colourful, retaining detail in the darker moments and the use of black and white vectors during the moments we view from Jon's perspective retain their deliberately pixilated outline without causing any breaking up of image. The soundtrack is solid, lacks hiss with the vocals bang ion the middle and is available in 5.1 surround or stereo versions.
The disc comes with some superb extras, mainly an extensive four-part documentary narrated by Nico Mastorakis dissecting his work in great detail. This extra is worth the price of the disc alone as it goes into great depth and is a solid introduction to his filmography. Also included is the original trailer, stills gallery and some rather cheesy music videos.
88 Films has uncovered a cracker of a movie, which has been overlooked for far too long.
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