My Little Eye
Directed by Marc Evans
Starring Sean Cw Johnson, Kris Lemche, Stephen O'Reilly, Laura Regan, Jennifer Sky
Running Time: 95 minutes
Five contestants on a reality show must live together for six months in a secluded house with cameras recording their every move. If they can manage to get to the end of the six months without leaving the grounds, making contact with the outside world, or breaking the curfew, they will split a million dollar prize. In the last week before their stay is over, things begin to go wrong. After one of the unstable members of the group commits suicide and no one comes to help, the remaining contestants quickly realize that something is terribly wrong.
Director Marc Evans creates an overwhelming sense of tension and dread in My Little Eye. The feelings of isolation, paranoia, and claustrophobia are conveyed throughout the film and there are too many eerie moments to count. The editing is top notch especially considering the multitude of diverse and superbly placed camera angles. Throw great characterization and an enthralling story into the mix and the result is one of horror's often-maligned gems.
The cast is up to the task of presenting the cast of a reality show gone horribly wrong. Those viewers familiar with the kinds of cast members chosen to participate in reality programming will know that the shows are rife with stereotypes and people with seemingly little emotional depth. However, unlike many reality shows, the characters in My Little Eye have depth and the actors do a fine job with the script.
An important part of the film's effectiveness comes from its music. Bias provides the minimalist electronic noises that add a great deal of foreboding to the atmosphere. The sounds of the compositions mix within the soundtrack of the film so well, that they become inseparable from the visuals.
The biggest flaw of My Little Eye is its predictability. While the dialogue and the pace of the film are top notch, there are almost no surprises watching the plot unfold. Certainly, this hurts the film but doesn't distract from the sense of impending doom, which grows as the climax approaches.
Although far from perfect, My Little Eye is an excellent and inspired film with many creepy, stark, and unforgettable scenes. Even though most viewers will probably see many of the twists coming a mile away, I can't help but recommend this film to fans of psychological horror. The movie pulls no punches and offers a darker alternative for those sick of spineless happy endings. Be prepared to be introduced to and then enthralled by some very interesting characters and then watch them die horribly.