In an insane asylum, two doctors are experimenting on their patients with drugs that have horrible side effects such as rage and hallucinations. They happen to make the mistake of experimenting on Edgar, a deformed patient who lost his mother and wants out of the asylum. What terror awaits a small town if this maniac escapes?
Damn you, good low-budget-independent movies! Damn you! Thanks to movies like "Home Sick," "Gutterballs," "The Gateway Meat," etc. I've become blissfully optimistic towards most movies in that category, especially when they are being promoted as gory or have titillating promotional pictures that will lead you to believe that. So, much to my displeasure and disappointment, I must say that "Pink Eye" does not live up to its hype.
The movie never really delivers on any of the key points that are listed within the plot description. Sure it comes close and tries hard to deliver the goods, but unfortunately it always falls flat. The story itself isn't a bad one, not particularly original or all that exciting but it does its job of getting is from point A to B. Even if it at times it has to rely on convenience rather than proper structure to get there. For characters, there are really only 3 that are given any attention to, the rest are just sprinkled through out to either be killed, or to help push the story along. Such as a detective that shows up in the middle of the movie for a whole 2 or 3 minutes, and then we never see again until he is needed to help the hero find his missing girlfriend.
I will give the movie credit though for its deformed killer, Edgar. When the killer is a deformed person of some sorts, they are often dumbed down to where they seem like they are a cross between Jason Voorhess and Bub. Here, our killer Edgar, is a very intelligent and well educated individual, so we are treated with actual dialogue rather than grunts and groans. It's just to bad he is taken over the top by having him often reciting Edgar Allen Poe and regurgitating pseudo-intellectual nonsense to the point of annoyance. Unless the writer is at the top of their game it really is best not to have a character go into speeches about despair and tortured souls, as 9 times out of 10 it comes off has really cheesy than anything else.
Now to get to the biggest let down in the movie, and where it ultimately failed. The gore. The movie has been promoted as being gory, which is understandable when one of the promo photos for the movie features a girl with the top part of her head ripped off and pulled back. Naturally you are going to believe that it is going to be gory. It's just a shame that you get to see the aftermath but all of the kills are off screen. So your movie really can't be considered gory when we never get to actually see anything, only small glimpses of what the end result, it just doesn't work that way. Sure there's blood in it, and it does have a single moment in the beginning of a girl ripping her eyes out, which is very well done. All that did was to make the movie more frustrating, having it hook you with a great scene like that, only to never see anything else again.
"Pink Eye" happens to be one of those movies that has so much potential to be a good flick, or at least an entertaining one, that it's frustrating when the movie never makes it to that point and the end credits roll. Sure we feel cheated when the movie is unable to meet the standards it set for itself, it always worse though when the movie is right there. Right at the line of what seperates the good movies from the bad, all it needs is a little push to make cross that line, but in the end it never does.