My Little Eye


My Little Eye

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Picking up where the multitudes of late '90s/early 2000s reality-based television shows left off is the unexpectedly shocking horror film My Little Eye, from director Marc Evans. Five twentysomethings are assembled to live together for a period of six months in a house specially outfitted with a bevy of webcams in order to collect a one million prize. The one major caveat being if anyone abandons the house prior to the end of the six-month period, no one will win anything. After introducing the different characters -- intelligent Danny (Stephen O'Reilly), slacker Rex (Kris Lemche), frat boy Matt (Sean CW Johnson), good girl Emma (Laura Regan), and actress wannabe Charlie (Jennifer Sky) -- the story jumps ahead to the last few days before the scheduled end of the contest. At this point, it becomes apparent that outside forces are somehow manipulating certain events within the house, and the household is sent into chaos as one of the participants is found dead. Another participant receives an ominous note, and shortly thereafter, the remaining participants begin to realize the true intensity of their mortal peril. My Little Eye premiered at the 2002 Locarno International Film Festival.

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  • Feb 27, 2014
    MY LITTLE EYE (2012) UK/ independent WRITTEN BY: David Hilton and James Watkins DIRECTED BY: Marc Evans FEATURING: Sean Cw Johnson, Kris Lemche, Stephen O'Reilly, Laura Regan, Jennifer Sky, Bradley Cooper, Nick Mennell GENRE: SUSPENSE TAGS: thriller, mystery, horror RATING: 7 PINTS OF BLOOD PLOT: Five contestants live on a reality webcast in a remote mansion, but when everything starts to go horribly wrong, is it by accident or design? COMMENTS: Wait! I know what you're thinking! This movie is actually quite good! It's not a stupid teen slasher or a reality show! OK, actually it's about a reality show -like the TV game show, Big Brother, in which contestants are confined to a specially designed house, cut off from the outside world as in Bio-Dome. In My Little Eye however, the house is a decrepit, Gothic country estate, and it's really way the hell out in the snow-bound middle of nowhere. My Little Eye was shot way back in 2002, but it never made it to US screens. Viewer feedback indicates that Big Brother fans don't like this film. It doesn't depict a reality with which they're comfortable. It does however, make for a pretty good horror movie. The appeal to My Little Eye is in our trying to guess a step ahead of the action. As in similar films which begin with the same basic premise - a group of people brought together by an outside entity for an unknown purpose -Cube (1998), Saw (2004), The Killing Room (2009), Exam (2010), Open Grave (2014 -reviewed last month) -tension builds as ensuing plot points suggest and then eliminate numerous macabre possibilities. In My Little Eye, the obligatory five stereotypical characters enter a contest. The players are credible at least; and not too unlikable. They're the ditsy, Generation X types you expect. The contest? Spend 6 months together isolated in a country manor for 1 million dollars. If anyone gives up and leaves, nobody collects. What are the odds that they will win? (Turning down lights, holding flashlight under chin.) What are the odds that the producers are up to something? The later proposition might indeed be correct, or at least, that's what we start to wonder. The film's effective, brief intro bypasses corny exposition, and after the first three minutes, the film picks up the story a couple of weeks from the show's conclusion. The contestants are now jaded, bored, and planning how to spend the money. Then the heat goes out and the food deliveries cease. A saferoom which is supposed to be camera-free turns out to be fully wired for sight and sound. The weekly supply drop-off consists of booze and a loaded handgun. What could go wrong with that idea? We're about to find out as a cloud of suspicion and paranoia descends upon the group like a Baby Ruth candy bar sinking to the bottom of a punch bowl. Who is watching this reality show? If we knew, we might be able to discern answers. In the meantime, the voyeuristic camera angles make us feel complicit. There's something sinister about these cameras which seem almost to stalk the inhabitants, capturing their most intimate moments in both light and dark, even in the bathrooms. My Little Eye isn't one of those pieces which is presented on surveillance cam as a cheap gimmick. The film looks and flows like any good movie. The camera work is skillful, with creative use of fixed positions to suggest that what we see is only that which the web cameras see. This is enhanced by actual surveillance camera computer screens with green time stamps, zooming in, employing night vision, etc. Minimal use of these shots creates atmosphere without being distracting. Due to the filmmakers' good sense of style, the effect is eerie rather than annoying. The feeling is that we witness what we would see if we were peeping in windows -which in effect we are, because we've become the audience of the broadcast. Or have we? We behold a rapid breakdown of the show's arrangement into a treacherous bog of hostility with fatal undertones. There's no control or supervision from the outside world. The players are given no guidance for handling troubling developments. To the contrary, the stage is set to encourage a total loss of the social contract. My Little Eye's suspense is centered in the fact that neither we nor the participants can glean where all this is going. What are the true intentions of the show's producers? Is there someone else on the property? Is the house haunted? There is something more going on than just the contest. The producers read our thoughts, acknowledging and dismissing each possibility in turn. What the devil then, is the point of all this? If the reality show concept is familiar, then My Little Eye's story takes a novel twist. The devil is in the details. If the contestants are willing to be stripped of all privacy -essentially dehumanized and probed, in an increasingly threatening situation, then what kind of people are watching?
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2013
    [img][/img] Marc Evans' My Little Eye offers some very intriguing twists to the documentary style of horror which has been ruthlessly exploited of originality in more recent years. It borrows numerous elements from The Blair Witch Project but crucially it offers imagination, incredibly creepy sets, real smarts and challenging pacing that cranks up the tension. As the plot is slowly progressed further into unsettling weirdness, the characters become more likable and the horror plays out very effectively. Although the typically bland dialogue destroys any chance at character development the strong performances and Evan's hypnotic style of directing holds everything in place and from that it actually ends up going somewhere. I think that there is an underlying subtext to the film expressing hatred for reality TV in how we enjoy watching everyday people experience differing form of mental trauma and humiliation on screen or in this case via the Internet. Although some of the twists tend to be predictable and the script is sometimes weak it made me bite my nails more than Paranormal Activity or any of the recent "found footage" outings and is overall a real classic of the sub genre. The visually yucky quality of the gore and Evans' decision to allow the narrative to really take it's time adds to the thrills of watching it. I love this film, but the ending has understandably split opinions. A character in it's finale describes "the company", which is something often discussed by the group of protaganists, and reveals some expected/unexpected information about what, where, who and why it is. In a way the speech was cheesy, but it was an absolutely spine tingling conclusion to the madness of the story. A little horror film which has been unforgivably forgotten. Scary, funny, under rated and a real creepy eye opener.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    Total garbage. The characters are undeveloped. The storyline is predictable. The horror is non existent.
    Christopher A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2009
    Nothing overly spectacular and it is something that has been done over and over again. It is kind of bland and the characters are kind of painful to watch. But this isn't that bad of a movie. It takes its time to develop the story and the circumstances around it. Acting wasn't all that bad at times either. But it doesn't bring anything new, so it was kind of a waste.
    Ken D Super Reviewer

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