Director of Folk Horror Classic ‘Eyes of Fire,’ Avery Crounse, Dies at 71

At the age of 71, Avery Crounse, the groundbreaking filmmaker of the folk horror classic EYES OF FIRE, passed away unexpectedly. Let’s see Director of Folk Horror Classic ‘Eyes of Fire’ Avery Crounse die and Avery Crounse cause of death in detail.


How did Avery Crounse die?

On March 20, 2023, Avery Crounse, the pioneering director of the folk horror classic EYES OF FIRE, passed away at age 71.

Severin Films studio announced the devastating news on Facebook,

“We are very sad to report that Avery Crounse, director of the groundbreaking folk horror film EYES OF FIRE has passed away unexpectedly at age 71.

It was an honour to work with Avery on the restoration of his long-unavailable masterwork (after years of trying to locate him), to hear his stories, discover his inspirations, and strangest of all, to learn that Canadian band the Tragically Hip had named one of their albums after one of his photographs (which they also used as the cover of the album). He was one of a kind and so was his film.

Rest easy, Avery.”

The Canadian band the Tragically Hip named one of their albums after one of Avery’s photographs, and the Tragically Hip also used one of his photographs as the album cover, according to Severin Films, who described it as an honor to work with Avery on the restoration of his long-unavailable masterwork (after years of trying to find him).


Avery Crounse cause of death

We’re sorry to have to inform you that Avery Crounse has passed away. Avery Crounse was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Avery Crounse cause of death in light of the recent news.

The precise Avery Crounse cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.

Our staff does not confirm any rumors regarding the news, but you can be sure that we are doing everything in our power to gather relevant information about the tragedy and present the most recent updates as quickly as possible; nevertheless, remember that family privacy should be respected.


Who was Avery Crounse?

The late George Crounse and Eleanor Buchanan Crounse’s son, Avery Crounse, was born in Paducah, Kentucky, on April 15, 1951. He was a prominent photographer and a filmmaker who also had his own production business.

‘Eyes of Fire’

Avery Crounse, an independent filmmaker, wrote and directed the 1983 American folk horror movie Eyes of Fire (also known as Cry Blue Sky). Vestron Video released the movie on VHS on June 26, 1987.

It was reported on August 24, 2021 that Severin Films will release Eyes of Fire on Blu-ray on December 7, 2021, containing a fresh 4K restoration from the original film materials, after decades of being seldom available on home media. The movie will also be released on Blu-ray as part of Severin’s limited edition collection “All the Haunts Be Ours,” which also includes 20 other folk horror films from across the world.

His spouse, Jessica Sater of Charleston, South Carolina, two daughters, Erin B. Fenet and Caitlin Baldwin Reuterskiold of Darien, Georgia and Stockholm, Sweden, respectively, as well as two grandkids, Astrid and Isabela Reuterskiold, survive him. George and Jincy Crounse, Avery’s siblings, predeceased him.

Tributes to Avery Crounse

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

Mike commented: ‘Eyes of Fire’ is one of the great horror films of the 1980’s. Thankfully Avery was around long enough to see his creation find an audience finally.”

Jon Cross commented: “Ok as a big Tragically Hip and Eyes of Fire fan, I never knew that trivia. Very cool! Very sad at his passing but what a life lived.”

Chris Moyse tweeted: “RIP. I’m so glad that, after so many decades in the shelf, he got to see his masterwork *finally* restored and delivered in pristine fashion to an entire new generation of audiences.”

Donations can be sent to the Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, or to the St. Simons Land Trust (, in lieu of flowers. You can leave the family a condolence note by going to our website at

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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