Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 18th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2005
Director: Ron Atkins
Writer: Ann Teal
Cast: Ann Teal, Lawrence Bucher, Robert Scott Howard, Brian H. Scott, Mikos Zavros
DVD Released: May 10th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 77 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Outside of a trailer or say maybe promotional art, the majority of any given audience will know very little if anything about any given film. So how do you draw a perspective audience into the story you are trying to tell, start things off with a bang. And Eyes Of The Chameleon, does just this.
In this film’s opening sequence were are introduced to a young boy, who is being held captive by a perverted old man, who berates this young boy for no meeting his expectations. There is something easily identifiable about this disturbing moment that makes it all too easy to empathize with the young boy being held captive. And yet when we are introduced to this same character years later, when he has become a man. He is no longer a character that exudes any sympathy. Sure this character has literally went to hell and back. And somehow he is reduced to nothing more than your garden variety killer. This is just one of many characters which populate this film, who’s back-stories are only faintly touched upon. And this lack of character development is only one of many flaws that stop this film dead in its tracks after the aforementioned opening sequence.
After the plot flashes forward to modern day, things start to unravel as the film steadily declines in quality. First off this film’s narrative move’s along at a snail’s like pace, moving from one uneventful moment to the moment. Sure there are a handful of murders that happen along the way. And yet even these are crudely constructed moments of carnage, that the more diehard gore hounds will find underwhelming. Visually the film’s direction is at best adequate and none of the performances leave any lasting impression.
There is never a shortage of Independently made horror films and while most of these film’s are made with the best intentions, by individuals that are obvious fans of the horror film genre. Very few if any reach the artistic heights that their creators had envisioned. This brings us to Eyes Of The Chameleon, an overly ambitious film, who’s sets the bar so high with its opening scene, that everything which follows pales in comparison.
Troma presents Eyes Of The Chameleon in a letterboxed widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors fare well, black levels are inconsistent throughout and there are a handful of compression related issues, which are most noticeable during the darker moments.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are some mild instances of background noise and dialog levels tend to fluctuate from scene to scene.
Extras for this release include a intro before the film with Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon, a trailer for the film and 2 minutes of deleted scenes. It should be noted that a audio commentary with director Ron Atkins is nowhere to be found one this release (even though it is listed on the back of the DVD box). Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Troma and wide assortment of other Tromatic extras. Overall Killer Yacht Party gets a good DVD release from Troma. Overall Eyes Of The Chameleon gets a mediocre audio /video presentation from Troma.