Photographers are a funny breed. With the aid of little mirrored or microchipped boxes, millions of voyeuristic eyes click away each day, attempting to glean art and occurrence from the mundane. But eyes are a tricky tissue. When they begin to see what others do not, art can lead to... obsession.
• The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)--Everyone's favorite kook, Faye Dunaway, stares as arty fashion photographer Laura Mars. Her new photo set-ups are violent and controversial, but she doesn't care; IT'S ART! But when her nightmares of brutal slayings begin to invade her waking life, Laura goes a little crazy and calls the coppers for help. Hottie blueblood Tommy Lee Jones arrives to help Miss Mars figure out what is going on with her damned eyes. Penned by John Carpenter (Halloween) and directed by Irvin Kershner (Empire Strikes Back), Eyes is a slick, big budget, late-'70s fright fest that succeeds on its use of innovative camerawork, a good sense of timing and a stellar cast.
• Proof (1991)--Winner of many Australian film awards upon its release, not many in the U.S. remember this fine bite of Aussie suspense. Blind since birth, Martin (Hugo Weaving) trusts no one about the reality surrounding him, so he takes photos as proof. Celia (Genevieve Picot) cleans Martin's house, cooks his meals and secretly lusts after him. When Martin meets Andy (a young and humpy Russell Crowe), he thinks he has found someone to trust enough to interpret his photos. Little does Martin know that Andy has already succumbed to Cecila's dark charm.
• Photographing Fairies (1997)--English photographer Charles Castle (Toby Stephens) is devastated by the freakish death of his new bride. Out of grief, he enters WWI to take pictures of the death and carnage. When the war ends, he starts a small photo studio. A woman arrives one day to show him photographs of what she believes to be flitting, flying fairies (and we ain't talking about the lovelies tramping up and down Stark Street). Charles becomes obsessed with the photos and travels to their origin, the small country town of Burkinwell, where he becomes embroiled in some very strange goings-on, indeed. BRIAN BRAIT