BehindTheNerdyGirl: An Eye For An Eye (1996) via @erinwise82


I’d like to tell you about a movie that I actually like but has scarred me for life. So bad, I can’t even watch but a couple other movies that it’s bad guy stars in.

And it’s not even a horror gory movie…….
But it can happen…it does happen…..

In 1996 An Eye For An Eye starring Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, Ed Harris, Olivia Burnette, Joe Mantegna, Beverly D’Angelo, Charlayne Woodard, and Alexandra Kyle was released. I was always that teen that like to watch these types of movies so I jumped at the chance to see it as soon as I possibly could. To me, this is exactly the type of movie and type of actors you’re always looking for. The one that’s so real, it makes your skin crawl.

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Hard working, busy mom Karen McCann (Field) gets stuck in traffic on her way home for her youngest daughter’s (Kyle) birthday party. She calls on teen daughter (Burnette) to let her know she’s running late. While still on the phone, an intruder rapes and murders her daughter. It’s completely brutal and heartbreaking. Watching Karen try her hardest to get to her kid, to get strangers to call the police to her home. None of us would hang up with our child crying for us as she’s being attacked.


The killer leaves his DNA behind and is arrested, however, due to a misunderstanding with DNA sample, Robert Doob (Sutherland) is released. This doesn’t sit well with the McCanns. But what can you do, ya know. You can lean on your patient and loving husband (Harris)……but you still feel ripped apart. You can ride the detective’s (Mantegna) ass, but his hands are tied with no evidence. You can try a support group…but listening to everyone else’s sad stories about their children and lack of punishment for those killers just makes it worse. Making a friend (Woodard) from that support group helps….until you find out her secret.


Karen had enough of all this crap and becomes obsessed with catching this sick freak. She starts following him, even checking out his neighborhood. She goes above and beyond to take Doob down. No matter what things she finds out, still no one can help her. Even after he rapes and murders again. He learned his lesson from her kid and used protection, preventing any evidence.

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When Doob shows up at her youngest baby girl’s school, she can’t take anymore. After overhearing a conversation at the support group, she gets some “advice” on her problem. She takes some self-defense classes, buys a gun, takes shooting lessons, the whole nine yards. She sets everything up…..She sends her husband and daughter on a trip, promising to catch up with them once she fixes at problem at work. However, she has other things in mind. Breaking into Doob’s apartment and destroying his stuff, she knows he’ll come after her. And he does. Leaving her to legally take him out once and for all.


To this day, this film still makes my skin crawl. The actors, all of them, were so incredible, so intense, so real. Even now, I cannot watch anything other than Lost Boys and Young Guns with Kiefer Sutherland in it. Seriously. I think I can watch those because they were way before this film…..but anything…and I mean anything after, I just can’t watch him. He truly frightens me, I hate to say that, he’s probably one of the nicest guys in the world, but I see his face and I see this character and I have nightmares. His ultimate brilliant portrayal of this truly evil Robert Doob….I can just never forget it. As crazy and as weird as that sounds.

PS: I’m so sorry Kiefer. I do feel bad that you scare me more than Pennywise. I also have to give you mad props because you are the ONLY actor who has ever played someone who freaked me out so bad……and stuck with me all these years.

Have you seen this movie? Did it freak you out as much as me (doubtful since I’m one strange person lol)?

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