The present study investigated whether subliminal (unconsciously perceived) visual information influences eye movement metrics, like saccade trajectories and endpoints. Participants made eye movements upwards and downwards while a subliminal distractor was presented in the periphery. Results showed that the subliminal distractor interfered with the execution of an eye movement, although the effects were smaller compared to a control experiment in which the distractor was presented supraliminal. Because saccade metrics are mediated by low level brain areas, this indicates that subliminal visual information evokes competition at a very low level in the oculomotor system. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.