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MY LITTLE EYE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:†
Five twenty-somethings are selected as contestants on a Big Brother-style show broadcast live on the internet. To win the $1 million prizemoney the group must live in an isolated house for 6 months - if one person leaves, no-one wins anything. Thereís sexy Charlie (Jennifer Sky), nervous Emma (Laura Regan), show-off Rex (Kris Lemche), all-American Matt (Sean Cw Johnson) and shy country boy Danny (Stephen O'Reilly). Shortly before the winning date, strange and sinister events occur. It seems that someone has discovered the darkest secrets of the contestants and is attempting to scare at least one of the group to flee. As fear and disputes take their psychological toll the game takes a deadly turn.


Review by Richard Kuipers:
I spy with My Little Eye...a gimmicky horror movie with just enough clout in the opening stanzas to save it from the scrap heap. Inferior in every way to the reality TV-themed thriller, Series 7, My Little Eye doesn't do much with a plot that trades on the same pop culture appeal but winds up as a slightly better than average "spam in a cabin" fright flick. What's most interesting about Welsh director Marc Evans' film is technique. Audiences will feel like they're inside this impossibly grand and isolated mansion as multi-camera coverage is expertly edited to generate an atmosphere of mounting dread.†

There's more than a hint of Blair Witch Project eerieness as wind rustles through the trees and grainy vision and dynamite sound design accompany the five young stereotypes (Jock, Geek, Delinquent, Sensitive Girl, Tramp) who are sweating it out for the big prize. For about half an hour these elements generate a few decent scares and build up hopes of that rare film item - a genuine knuckle-whitener. The intrusion of an external character at this point signals the beginning of a downward slide that is only arrested by the end credits.†

Its intriguing spell broken, My Little Eye turns into a standard stalk and stab affair as the quintet of contestants becomes a quartet, then a trio and so on. A few searching lines spoken directly to us in the audience gives some food for thought about the voyeuristic trend in contemporary TV and Internet entertainment. "I pity you, you sad ****...got no life of your own?" shouts money-hungry bad-boy Rex (Kris Lemche) in an attempt to implicate us in the crimes we're watching but such concerns are swamped by the body count and unmasking of very obvious villains as the equally predictable last contestant standing makes a desperate dash to escape the carnage.†

I had a good enough time for about half of this low-budget shocker performed by an agreeable cast of little-knowns and TV faces including Jennifer Sky (Zena - Warrior Princess), Laura Regan, Sean CW Johnson (Dawson's Creek) and Stephen O'Reilly. Unfortunately, as is so common in this genre, it failed to deliver the shocks or surprises it promised. We can only hope that similar thrillers based on Strip Search, Temptation Island and Australia's Worst Driver do not appear.†

Special Features reviewed by Louise Keller:
Thereís a special access code in order to enter the Interactive Mode, where you can view five audition tapes, and selected daysí viewing, including the Hot Tub sequence. R U the perfect housemate, we are asked? If you are a keen fan of the Big Brother concept, you may enjoy browsing through the various scenes, accessing the archives or checking out the multi-camera angles.†

In Standard mode on Disc 1, you can hear director Marc Evans and producer Jon Finnís audio commentary, while Disc 2 offers 9 deleted scenes with optional commentary, a gallery, trailer and the main offering of a 30 minute Making Of featurette.



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MY LITTLE EYE: DVD (M15+)
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CAST: Sean Cw Johnson, Jennifer Sky, Kris Lemche, Stephen O'Reilly, Laura Regan, Bradley Cooper, Nick Mennell

DIRECTOR: Marc Evans

SCRIPT: Jonathan Finn, Alan Greenspan, David Hilton, Jane Villiers

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

PRESENTATION: widescreen; audio 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: directorís commentary, three key scenes from alternative angles with commentary; audition tapes; The making of My Little Eye; deleted scenes; photo gallery;

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal

DVD RELEASE: January 7, 2004







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