The original NIGHT EYES blazed a trail in the direct-to-video market for lots of low-budget but glossy, erotic noir films that exploited fevered sex and nudity, with a murder tossed in now and then to keep the whole enterprise "respectably" anchored in the thriller realm. At least NIGHT
EYES had a lambent touch of class, solid characterizations and an intriguing plot. This sequel is a shallow rerun with none of the above.
The new storyline follows the first so closely that one can't say if it's a sequel or a prequel or a remake. Once more Andrew Stevens is Will Griffith, handsome, straight-shooting security expert. Here he's hired to rig a high-tech alarm system for Hector Mejenes (Richard Chaves), a presidential
candidate-in-exile from some unspecified banana republic. The suave would-be dictator has had attacks on his mansion by mystery gunmen, so Griffith sets up remote cameras and he monitors all that goes on--including the exercise workouts of Mejenes's sensuous, blonde American-born spouse Marilyn
Sure enough, Griffith falls in love with the healthy but neglected wife (and the frisky pair expose either square yards or feet of flesh, depending on whether one is watching the steamy unrated cassette or the scissored "R" version). As he did in the last movie, though, Will foolishly forgets his
own cameras, which record the affair. While Mejenes is out of town his thug bodyguard Luis (Geno Silva) snatches the incriminating tape. Will figures out that Luis is behind the terrorist attacks and kills the villain, but Mejenes is the real mastermind, scheming to eliminate both the security man
and Marilyn to win a sympathy vote in the upcoming election.
Andrew Stevens's affable charm has a hard time competing with the hero's stupidity. Delectable Playboy pinup Tweed (TWISTED JUSTICE, LAST CALL) is no stranger to sexpot roles, but at least she usually plays strong, no-nonsense females. Here she's the basic bimbo-in-jeopardy who can be counted on
to kick the gun accidentally out of reach during every life or death struggle. Tim Russ portrays Will's partner Jesse; he's hip and friendly--and Black, so the savvy viewer knows right away he's dead meat. Sure enough, Jesse gets iced by Luis in a particularly sadistic sequence.
The original NIGHT EYES featured Tanya Roberts as the femme fatale who led Will Griffith astray, but in this retread it's Will's own cojones that nearly prove his undoing. The sequel operates in a moral void where the affair is sanctioned because Marilyn's husband doesn't pay her sufficient
bedroom attention (he's only running for president, after all). The unrated sex scenes demonstrate the aphrodisiac potential of berries and gym equipment, while a gag romance scene in a bookstore (with a nerd carrying a paperback called--surprise!--"Night Eyes") provides low, low comedy. A much
better joke is Will Griffith's nonreactive hound: the security expert owns the worst watchdog of all time. (Violence, profanity, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: R
- Review: The original NIGHT EYES blazed a trail in the direct-to-video market for lots of low-budget but glossy, erotic noir films that exploited fevered sex and nudity, with a murder tossed in now and then to keep the whole enterprise "respectably" anchored in the… (more)