Eye 10, The
Hong Kong 2005
Directed by Danny and Oxide Pang.


A group of friends in Thailand start sharing ghost stories when their Thai friend Chongkwai (Ray MacDonald) whips out a book called "10 Encounters", which specifically describes all the ways a receptive person can see ghosts. The first two ways, involving pregnancy and eye operations, were covered in the first two movies of the series (THE EYE and THE EYE 2). Now, the friends decide to try some of the other techniques on a lark to see what they can see. Unfortunately, the book, and the group of friends, are cursed, and the ghosts come after them, and one by one they disappear.

The first two EYE pictures were rather serious, a marked departure from the typical Hong Kong ghost film, which mixed scares with a healthy dose of sillyness. THE EYE 10 is much more like a typical Hong Kong horror film, but done with the Pang brothers own inimitable style. In fact the premise of the novice mystic and his elder, knowledgeable mother, makes THE EYE 10 feel like an incredibly glossy, expensive episode in the TROUBLESOME NIGHT series, which touches on similar themes, and has even located a couple episodes in Thailand.

But THE EYE 10 is not all that goofy. For every moment that makes you chuckle, there are five that creep you out. This is not a comedy, though a few moments are pretty amusing. There is probably a bit more humor in the film than the Pang Brothers intended, due to the unprofessional, sometimes downright awful acting of the novice cast, which included Isabella Leong, Kate Yeung, Chris Gu, Chen Po Lin, the last of whom being the worst offender in the over/under acting department.

THE EYE 10 suffers from the same problem as all horror movies with a dash of comedy -- the two mix uneasily. Overall, the film creates a somber, opressive tone (much like the first two EYE movies). The humor, therefore, feels forced and out of place. Still, THE EYE 10 does get some nice jabs in at the genre, even while adhering to its rules. The "shambling ghost" popularized by the weird movements of Sadako in THE RING, here appears to be doing some hip-hop moves, so much so the possessed person is challenged by a breakdancer.

Many people complained that THE EYE was highly derivative of a Hollywood horror movie, THE SIXTH SENSE. This film, by contrast is highly derivative of Hong Kong horror films. In the series only THE EYE 2 stands out as being unique, and it remains the best of the series (thanks mainly to a great performance by Shu Qi). THE EYE 10 has no such strong actor to anchor it. But the images are striking and the story is cleverly framed. A few surprises at the end make for a satisfying conclusion even after the unevenness of the film as a whole.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 01, 2006.


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