My Little Eye
|My Little Eye|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Marc Evans|
|Produced by||Alan Greenspan
|Written by||David Hilton
|Starring||Sean Cw Johnson
|Edited by||Marguerite Arnold|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures (UK)
Momentum Pictures (UK)
Focus Features (USA)
Odeon Films (Canada)
|Running time||95 minutes|
My Little Eye is a 2002 British horror film directed by Marc Evans about five adults who agree to spend six months together in an isolated mansion while being filmed at all times. The idea for the film came from reality television shows such as Big Brother. The title refers to the guessing game I spy.
The story follows five contestants who agree to take part in a reality webcast. The rules are simple: "Spend 6 months in a house for $1 MILLION. If someone leaves, everyone loses!" With the end of the 6 months nearing, the tension between contestants Matt (Sean Cw Johnson), Emma (Laura Regan), Charlie (Jennifer Sky), Danny (Stephen O'Reilly) and Rex (Kris Lemche) is at a high level. Instead of their regular food deliveries, packages containing sinister object arrive. A letter stating that Danny's grandfather has died, a gun with 5 bullets and a bottle of champagne.
It is less than a week until the 6 months are up, and things begin to go wrong. Not only are the food packages being messed with, but the heating goes out, and Emma finds disturbing reminders of her past around the house, so much so that she begins to think a boy from her childhood is threatening her.
One day a man named Travis Patterson (Bradley Cooper) arrives, claiming he is lost in the woods, his GPS has died. He seems completely oblivious to the cameras in the house and the contestants are puzzled to find out he does not recognize them, even though he says he lives on the internet. That night, Rex and Danny get stoned, Emma goes to bed early, Matt tries to talk to her and Travis has sex with Charlie. After everyone is asleep, Travis sneaks around the house, talking directly into the camera, communicating with whoever is watching them.
The next morning, Travis leaves before Charlie wakes. In the afternoon, while taking a walk outside, Danny discovers Travis' backpack covered in blood and shredded to pieces. The contestants assume he was attacked by an animal but Rex believes Travis works for the people running their show - there were no prints of any kind by the backpack. He says it is just a trick to make them panic and leave, which would mean a forfeit of prize money. After the house guests take this into consideration, they plea to the cameras and their viewers to call for help.
The group tries to continue with their daily routines. Emma discovers her underwear among Danny’s belongings and confronts him, unaware that Travis planted them there the previous night. Although he denies stealing them, Emma refuses to believe him. When he tries to make peace with Emma by giving her a crudely carved wooden cat, Emma later mocks him with Charlie, which Danny overhears.
The next morning the group finds Danny dead, hanging from a balcony with a rope around his neck. At this point the house guests no longer care about their prize money and decide to use the emergency radio to call for help. After not being able to contact someone via radio they decide to wait until the next morning, when a helicopter is scheduled to retrieve them for staying in the house for the required amount of time to win.
Rex uses a GPS unit found in Travis' bag and his laptop computer to gain access to the internet to find out more about the show they're participating in. He gathers the remaining house guests and they all retreat to a room where cameras and microphones are supposedly not installed - no more than one person is allowed in, however, and only for 15 minutes at a time. In this room, Rex reveals to his other roommates that he hasn't been able to find a single thing about their show. No advertisement or even mention of it appears anywhere on the internet, the only thing he could find regarding their show was a heavily encrypted beta site. Rex explains that he has tried every hacking trick he knows and still cannot gain access. He then tried legitimately paying with Travis' card, but the limit on the card ($50 000) is less than the required fee to view the site, The group realizes that the subscribers are paying more than $50,000 to see the website, and become both confused and unnerved. Shakily, Rex then brings up the possibility of this being a snuff film.
Unexpectedly, the encrypted site gives the house guests access to a page displaying their pictures and odds at winning, along with Danny‘s pictured shaded another color to represent his death. The screen then shows a live video of them, sitting in the supposedly camera-free room. The contestants then gather weapons to assure their safety, with Matt offering to stand guard with the gun. Rex searches through Travis' backpack again and finds a flare and they decide to set it off on the roof in the hopes that someone nearby will see it and rescue them. He states he does not want to go up alone, so Emma joins him. Whilst burning the flare, Rex assures Emma that the boy from her past is not following her, it's just The Company messing with her head. He promises that, the next morning, they will walk out together, saying The Company can stuff their money.
In the house, Charlie and Matt dusciss what they will do after everything is over. Matt, seeing Charlie is tense, offers to give her a massage. charlie asks Matt why he signed up for the game, he has all he needs. Matt replies that he signed up for the fear, and that it feels good. Suddenly he addresses a camera, asking if he should "kill her now". He then suffocates her using a plastic bag, asking the camera "that's what you want?"
Having finished burning the flare, Rex and Emma renter the house, unaware of Charlie's death. Whilst Emma sleeps, Rex stands guard over her. He falls asleep however, and wakes with a cough. He goes downstairs for a drink and finds his video game is on, he goes over to investigate and decapitated with an axe by Matt.
Matt then fires a single shot from his gun while running upstairs, waking Emma and telling her he was chased. They hide in the attic and Matt tells her that "they got Charlie". Emma wants to go save Tex, whom she still believes alive, but Matt tells her he is only worrying about yet now, that they belong together. Emma refuses his advances, which leads Matt to attempt to rape her, before she stabs him in the back (literally) and runs. She manages to get his the gun and then shoots him, just as a car approaches the house.
Emma gets out of the house to find a cop (Nick Mennell) waiting outside. The officer asks Emma if she was the one who set off the flare. Emma is terror stricken, and tries to tell him that people are dead and Matt is after her. She pleads with the officer not to go into the house. The cop handcuffs Emma and places her into his car, stating he has to follow procedure. While in the car Emma is seen being filmed. As the injured Matt crawls out of house, he converses with the cop, begging the cop yo let him kill Emma, after spending so long in the house. the cop refuses, asking Matt what he thinks he (the cop) has been doing in that time, and it is revealed that they are working together. The cop unpicks his car, Emma gets out and runs away. The cop then shoots her in the back with a rifle. She falls to the ground.
Later, Matt and the cop are seen drinking champagne together. As they talk, it becomes apparent that the cop set all this up by himself, along with Travis Patterson, and very rich clients who are paying a high fee to watch the murders. He tells Matt that there are always "five suckers" to play the game with. When Matt corrects him to "four" as he is still alive, Emma is also revealed to be alive, trapped in a small room. The cop ignores Matt's correction and comments that Emma's "a wriggler". Just as Matt observes the captured Emma, the cop shoots him in the head, calling Travis over the radio. the cop leaves the house, and Travis says that next time he'll be the cop. Emma, who witnesses all this, falls to the ground screaming in terror, as her picture is broadcast over the internet. She hammers at the door, but it does not give. As she falls to the ground, dead or unconscious, the cameras, one by one, shut off.
- Sean Cw Johnson as Matt
- Kris Lemche as Rex
- Stephen O'Reilly as Danny
- Laura Regan as Emma
- Jennifer Sky as Charlie
- Nick Mennell as The Cop
- Bradley Cooper as Travis Patterson
My Little Eye is available on DVD from MCA/Universal Home Video with most of the special features available on the Region 2 Special Edition including a filmmakers' commentary and deleted scenes. There is an audio mode "Conversations of the Company (Eavesdropping Audio Track)" which allows the viewer to listen to the radio conversations between the members of the company: Travis and "the cop". However, during this mode, the viewer cannot hear all of the dialogue of the cast in the scene. A UK release contains a 'Special Mode' where viewers see the film from the perspective of an internet subscriber, and more extra features become unlocked as the film goes on. You can watch other things going on in 'the house' in real time to what's happening in the film.
- My Little Eye at the Internet Movie Database
- My Little Eye at AllMovie
- Interview with director Marc Evans