MY LITTLE EYE
This international co-production quickly emerges as one of the best of these reality tv horror films. While Series 7 worked more as a dark satire, My Little Eye concentrates on suspense and paranoia and in being an out-and-out horror film. It is clearly influenced by the aesthetic begun by The Blair Witch Project (1999) and gets right into the handheld camera, video-shot look. Director Marc Evans taps into the same cabin fever paranoia that underlay Blair Witch indeed, one is prepared to argue that he does a far better job of constantly rattling his audience than Blair Witch did. He evokes a considerable sense of claustrophobia out of the perpetually peering video cameras, and the cuts between the fisheye lenses, infra-red film stock, grainy video closeups and back to 35mm. You get a genuine sense of clammy claustrophobia, something that seems especially constrictive while watching the film in a theatrical setting. The soundtrack is constantly filled with hums and whines; the sound of camera lenses zooming in; or the whine and squawk of a dial-up connection. This is a film that manages to make jolts produced by an amplified soundtrack work for it, rather than it sounding counterfeit as it does in most horror films that try such, and Marc Evans is frequently unnerving us with a stream of unexpected noises and especially an aurally jolting sequence where a bird breaks into the house.
Within this sense of eerily voyeuristic claustrophobia, Marc Evans then brings out some genuinely unexpected jumps the moment one character walks into the bathroom and looks directly into the camera in the bathroom mirror and says Told you I could fuck her, or where one character conducts a seductive massage of one girl, then wraps a piece of clothing around neck and then starts yelling Shall I kill her now? to the camera. The cast, all unknowns excepting Bradley Cooper who went onto become an A-list name several years later, give particularly convincing characterisations.
My Little Eye announced the talent of the promisingly up-and-coming Welsh-born director Marc Evans. Evans premiered with the little seen Arthurs Departure (1994) about time travellers attempting to snatch King Arthur and then made Resurrection Man (1998) about a gang of sadistic thugs conducting a reign of terror in Belfast. Subsequent to My Little Eye, Evans made the ghost story Trauma (2004) and the non-genre likes of Snow Cake (2006), Patagonia (2010) and Hunky Dory (2011). Co-writer James Watkins later wrote Gone (2007) and The Descent: Part 2 (2009) and directed the horror films Eden Lake (2008) and The Woman in Black (2012).
(Winner in this sites Top 10 Films of 2002 list).