Maybe the aliens are meant to look menacing, but I just want to pet them.
Our hero (above center) has his troubles fighting men, but takes no chances with women.
Despite the superficial sci-fi trappings, Occhi dalle stelle is more conspiracy thriller, at least in intention, than futuristic fantasy. There are fewer scenes of saucers in flight, or even of fuzzy-costumed aliens probing victims, than there are of Robert Hoffman fighting conspirators and their goons with fists and guns. Some of the stagings and set design suggest a Vittorio Storaro influence on cinematographer Erico Menczer, but the usual limitations of a Mill Creek disc make a fair appraisal impossible. Most of the alien activity consists of POV camera crawls, flashing lights and vanishing objects. It's a grim affair in more ways than one, capped with a typical Seventies finish that here, given the auteur's own interest in the subject, sounds almost like a cri de coeur against the cover-up that simply must exist. By Mill Creek standards, Eyes Behind the Stars has some camp value thanks to the goofy photo-shoot scene, the funky looking aliens, and the random telepath, but there's also a mean-spiritedness to it, possibly reflecting the director's frustrations as a UFO researcher, that has its darkest expression when the hero takes out his frustrations on a female character. That puts a little edge on the goofiness that viewers might find gratifying, but for its current target audience of Mill Creek fans the film probably could have used more goofiness.