MY  LITTLE  EYE    -  A  Narada Film Review

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My Little Eye - 2002   -Marc Evans-Director & Jon Finn-Producer

   In spite of a relatively high rating on the Crappy Horror Movie Checklist (see below) MY LITTLE EYE is an exercise in tedium and implausibility as it tries, absurdly, to meld Reality TV with Snuff Flicks with Horrors of Strangers on the Internet.  
        From a technical perspective we have one of the worst films ever made -- the art and science of Cinematography will probably never recover from the horrendous body-blow sustained in the making of MY LITTLE EYE.  At its best, it appeared to have been filmed in Kodak Super-8 eight millimeter home movie, and then copied on a personal Sony video cam during a test screening.  Many parts of it are virtually unviewable; the fake green 'night-vision' shots were as underwhelming as they were overused.  If we add to this the incessant and overloud sound effects of video cams zooming in, zooming out, tracking victims, clicking between locations, etc, we have the ultimate formula for viewer alienation.   
         If this is the best Universal Studios can come up with, listen to me now - its time to sell your stock, before they go under for the last time.  This reviewer cannot think of even one redeeming feature in MY LITTLE EYE to justify ticket price here....

  Description of Cheap Trick
1.  The 'SUSPENSION-OF-DISBELIEF' Hook - Facile 'historical' references or documents which are supposed to give an aura of plausibility to even the most ludicrous of story lines.
2.   The 'HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE' Sequence - Waking up from a hideous dream and sitting bolt-upright, covered in sweat, in a state of terror.  Of course, the nightmare always 'comes true'.
3.  LONG SILENCES BROKEN BY SUDDEN LOUD NOISES - False alarms (except the last one) which have audiences lurching in their seats.
4.   The "WE STICK TOGETHER" Pact - Where the group decides that sticking together is the ONLY way to survive the 'Bogey Man', but they NEVER do . . . . and they ALWAYS die.
5.  'LIGHT-SWITCH-PHOBIA' - Someone will go off to investigate an eerie noise in the building, in the dark, simply because he/she hasn't bothered to switch the lights on.  Flashlights authorized if too lazy to switch on lights, but must be used with 'scary effect'.  Wavering music and / or lightning mandatory.
6.  "BACKWARD-WALKING FODDER" - Where a terror-stricken member of the cast starts walking backward until he/she invariably backs into the waiting "Bogey Man'.
7.   The 'PRESCIENT CHILD' - A 'Haley Joel Osment-type' (Sixth Sense) who 'knows things'.
8.  BELA LUGOSI 'WHITE ZOMBIE' (1932) Lighting - where the faces are lit from underneath to make them appear more frightening.   Also called the 'Halloween Effect' or the 'Summer-Camp-Ghost-Story Ploy'.
9.  The "OPEN HOUSE" Syndrome - Where, despite a rampaging "Bogey Man', and an ongoing electrical storm, people still leave their windows wide open, curtains blowing in the wind.
10.   The 'LONGEST NIGHT' Ploy - Everyone knows things are scarier at night, even Hollywood.  Therefore, a minimum of 95% of the film takes place at night.
11.  The 'FALSE ENDING' - Where everyone thinks the 'Bogey Man' is dead, but he suddenly reappears for one last attack, before being 'finally killed'.
12.  The 'SEQUEL HOOK' - Where, during the final scene, some small undetected occurrence will be seen (by the audience only) which lets us all know it isn't really over.

      Enduring Line or Phrase:  "You mean, 'four'..."
2003,    Bangkok Eyes /      

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