Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Child's Eye [3D]



(2010) ***

When an unstable political situation in Bangkok leads to rioting in the streets, airports are shutdown, forcing a group of vacationing friends to seek refuge in an immense, low-budget hotel. Following the disappearance of the male members of the group, a little girl informs their girlfriends that the missing boys were taken away by a ghost only her dog is able to see.



Stupidly the girls decide to look around the cavernous hotel separately. Before long they are plagued by otherworldly happenings including this freaky boy-dog,



as well as an angry ghost,



The Child’s Eye is the latest installment in the Pang Brothers long running Eye series (i.e. Eye, Eye 2, Eye 10) and is by far the strangest. In 2002 The Eye was an extremely effective horror movie with some excellent, jolting scares (the elevator scene still gets to me). Ten years later similar scares feel stale and dated. The setting is terrific although the layout of the hotel is puzzling, sometimes appearing posh and other times looking like a warehouse from the SAW films. A surreal third reel trip into a computer generated fantasy world might have looked good in 3D but ultimately comes off as silly in its two dimensional counterpart. Like most of the J-horror films from the past decade the vengeful spirit has good reason to be angry but at this point I don’t really care anymore.

3 comments:

Octopunk said...

" Like most of the J-horror films from the past decade the vengeful spirit has good reason to be angry but at this point I don’t really care anymore."

Much as I hate to see something once heralded as innovative become stale, that's pretty damn funny. I bet in a few years you'll be saying something similar about found footage movies, but by then all good horror will be coming from Scandanavia anyway.

I remain a huge fan of the original Eye but I've seen none of the sequels. Something else to add to the list.

Catfreeek said...

The boy-dog looks really cool but the angry ghost looks more like she's just come to say, haaaaay.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

LOL Catfreeek.

Well I'm glad that you're still keeping tabs on the latest J-horror even if it yields increasingly disappointing results. I can't remember if I even saw the first one.