Kika Magalhaes in The Eyes of My Mother.

Ever wondered what would happen to your kid if you raised her in the middle of nowhere with no friends—and showed her how to perform surgery on decapitated cow heads?

Well, writer-director Nicolas Pesce has. Heck, he’s made a whole damned movie about it, The Eyes of My Mother.

After a really strange guy (Will Brill) visits her farm home, and a series of really bad things happen, Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) is left alone with nobody to talk to. Actually, she has a pet, but we won’t go into that right now.

Francisca has had very little social interaction over the years, other than with that pet, and she ventures out to see what the outside world is like. As it turns out, it would’ve been much better for some had she chosen to just stay home and watch TV.

Shot in black-and-white and blessed with an effectively eerie score, The Eyes of My Mother is old-school horror—like, early Wes Craven/Tobe Hooper kind of horror. Francisca turns out to be a memorable movie monster in this gothic fairy tale, a film that will leave you extra-cautious about picking up hitchhikers. Pesce knows what scary is, and he certainly knows how to direct a scary picture.

If you don’t like horror films, I can pretty much guarantee you are going to violently hate this one. It’s nightmare, fuel for sure. Pesce has certainly succeeded at what he has set out to do: He’s totally freaking out his audiences.

The Eyes of My Mother is available on demand and via online sources including iTunes and