Ladies of Burlesque and Neon Dreams are tag teaming this summer to bring you one of the most underrated horror films of the 1970s! With a screenplay by John Carpenter, THE EYES OF LAURA MARS is a gritty Disco-infused slasher horror that goes toe-to-toe with the best of Argento and Hitchcock. Gaudy, graphic, and provocative—it’s an Americanized giallo masterpiece that dazzles with its scenes of gritty New York and its cocaine-infused dive into the Studio 54-scene.
Laura Mars (Dunaway), a talented art/fashion photographer at the top of her game in New York, recreates grizzly crime scenes ripped from the headlines of newspapers. Eroticizing and glorifying violence for the pages of the hottest fashion mags, Mars comments on how fashion, art, and violence are intertwined. When police officer Jon Neville (Jones) sees uncanny commonalities between Mars’s photos and unpublished facts of several murders, the photographer comes under suspicion. Too specific to be coincidental, Mars envisions the horrible murders of the models and crew she works with as she looks through her camera lens—only to have the vision come true.
Featuring the photographs of the famed Helmut Newton, director Irvin Kershner—of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK fame—links the act of photographing and its objectification with death and violence. With its elaborate, ultra-cool scenes of Mars’s fashion shoots, THE EYES OF LAURA MARS is one of the most stylish films of the 1970s!
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