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My Little Eye
Five young people apply to live in an isolated house together for six months whilst their every move is filmed by numerous cameras.
Reality TV has been a hot topic for longer than I care to remember. From the early days of ‘Big Brother’ onwards, there has never been a shortage of mooing cretins willing to shill themselves for a chance of easy fame. Warhol has proved as prophetic as Orwell in late 20th – early 21st century culture.
Predictably, filmmakers have picked up on this pervasive and seemingly unending trend. From the early likes of The Running Man, Series 7: The Contenders, through American Dreamz and The Hunger Games, reality TV has proved a fertile source of social criticism and acerbic satire.
Marc Evans gave us his take on the ‘Big Brother’ trend in 2002, with My Little Eye, in which five…
The first cut of this movie was allegedly 4 hours long, which you could not pay to me to watch. Even at 90 minutes this thing drags and drags, with almost all the action happening in the last act. It's comparable to something like The House of the Devil, but without the delicate control that Ti West showed there.
It also doesn't help that a lot of this movie's ideas have been done better many times, mostly by movies that came after it. It's not the worst way to spend 90 minutes, but it's fairly empty, and relies more on novelty than actually being interesting.
Also, Bradley Cooper before anyone knew who he was! That was nice.
For a depressingly long time now the hottest ticket in television has been the reality TV show. Whether it is 'Big Brother', 'Survivor' or the latest 'Pop Star' themed karaoke contest, our desire to play the voyeur has developed into an obsession.
This trend is even more pronounced on the Internet with a seemingly endless amount of sites dedicated to broadcasting live 24 hours a day, seven days a week regardless of programme content. MY LITTLE EYE, from British director Marc Evans, employs this very modern phenomenon to breathe new life into the classic haunted house horror narrative.
The plot is simplicity itself, five youngsters agree to be confined in an old house, in the middle of nowhere, for six…
Well this was just a huge waste of my time.
One of the first movies to take on the horror sub-genre of webcam gore, My Little Eye can drag a little at times, but is still an entertaining enough effort. The story is reasonably coherent and the cast better than should usually be expected for a movie of this ilk. Worth a solid rental.
Slow burn that packs a wallop!
Super creepy found-footage style indie horror movie that isn't without its share of silly moments. The good outweighs the bad, though, for the most part. Though some sections do drag a little bit, especially in the beginning, once Bradley Cooper shows up, things get real. I was hoping for a better ending, but I guess getting no answers kind of works in and of itself. I really dug Kris Lemche and found his character to be the most realistic and human of the five.
As far as I remember, My Little Eye is the first reality show themed horror movie. After "My Little Eye" came others, including a Halloween. 2 stars for tension and originality.
A bit slow, with some questionable acting, and characterization relies on the stereotypical, but it has some genuinely unsettling moments and was ahead of its time conceptually.
Surprisingly good little indie horror. It starts off a little rough as it skips nearly all of the setup. It just drops us right into the house months after the subjects have arrived.
The narrative suffers at this point because it has to do a lot more telling rather than showing to establish the reality. "Could this house be any creepier?" I don't know. We, the audience, has only been here for a couple of minutes. I guess we just have to take their word for it.
It's when the screws start tightening that the film pulls together. There is a nice steady buildup of tension after the sketchy opening that carries the rest of the way through. Some good paranoia, strange occurrences, and in fighting.
The "guest appearance" was a complete surprise and very effective.
All in all, this is a decently entertaining life raft movie that gets stronger as it goes.
A film that terrifies through intense paranoia. An intriguing, involving and very well made film. It has a great premise which is truly used: Big Brother gone wrong. Twists and turns come late in the film but offer lots of shock when reve lead. Terrifying and atmospheric.
A film which a have seen once before, quite some time ago. Even though i did not remember everything from the story-line it was pretty predictable, and as my brother said so cleverly. It builds up reasonably well but fizzles out without any credit to the first 2 thirds of the film.
For the discerning horror fan this film offers absolutely nothing different to most horror films. The same people do the same things at the same times and die in the same order. The performances are reasonable, except for one, who just never gets into character and all the suspense built up so well during the first hour, just kind of fizzles out in the last 15-20 minutes. With some relatively minor changes to veer away from the norm, one of the five main actors being re-cast and a better ending, this could really have been a classic. As it is, it is just so-so. If you find it in a bargain bin, it is worth giving it a go.
Literally nobody who's rated this on Letterboxd has given this a 4.5 or 5 rating. And, I mean, a few hundred people have rated this, it's not really a "margin of error" thing. I dunno. I thought it was a pretty nifty little horror film, inherently dated by its webcast/reality TV concept but no less enjoyable for that fact. A little predictable, but it maintains a truly creepy vibe throughout, and doesn't fall back on jump scares like so many similar movies of the era. Plus: a young Bradley Cooper! Disturbing poster art! Sex scenes! And what probably remains the most innovative DVD set of all time, offering a web 2.0-esque "interactive mode" opening the doors to a veritable bounty of supplemental nuggets.
How come all these films with interesting premises have shite endings?
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