Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – The Eye (2002)

logoDirector: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang

Writer: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang, Yuet-Jan Hui (Screenplay)

Starring: Angelica Lee, Lawrence Chou, Jinda Duangtoy, Yut Lai So, Candy Lo, Edmund Chen, Yin Ping Ko, Chutcha Rujinanon

 

Plot: A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Horror Worth Seeing (See what i did there)

 

Story: The Eye starts by introducing us to our blind girl Wong Kar Mun (Lee) as she goes about her everyday life. Wong Kar Mun is getting an operation transplanting Corneas so she can see the world for the first time. The operation is a success but the rehabilitation is going to be the real test for Wong Kar Mun, along Doctor Lo (Chen) she has to get ready to see past the blurs. As Mun sight comes back to her she starts to see shadows in the distance, not sure if they are real or not she starts to explore them.

Wong Kar Mun starts seeing ghosts from all over the city and has to start psychological testing and training as she starts to become familiar with her new eyes. Mun continues to see changes but puts most of it down to side effects of the operation, but when she keeps seeing her room chance in front of her she starts to think something has gone wrong. The ghosts start to become more aggressive which leads to Mun having to see a different specialist about her problem. Mun must work out what these ghosts are trying to communicate with her before she completely loses her mind.

The Eye takes what could be considered a normal operation and turns what look like normal side effects for a character who has never seen making them a horrifying twist. I do feel that this is a good old fashion ghost investigation film which you all know I love by now. I do think a lot of what happens is similar to ‘The Sixth Sense’ where the ghosts just visit looking for help rather than to haunt but saying that we do get some very good scares. My negative thoughts on this film would be that I never felt like our lead was ever in any true danger which would have made the investigation feel more urgent. This will go down as a good story that really works on a very simple change in a life that takes a terrifying twist. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Angelica Lee: Wong Kar Mun is our blind girl who receives the cornea transplant but soon starts seeing terrifying vision of ghosts and she even sees a different person in the mirror. She must investigate what happened to the donor before it is too late and the ghosts take over her life. Angelica does a good job in the role showing a mix of real fear with the mix of not understanding what is real or not. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: The Eye has a support cast that really does help with the investigation but also manages to give us shocking moments with the ghost visits.

 

Director Review: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang – The pair put together a good horror film that mixes real horror with slow building tension. (8/10)

 

Horror: The Eye gives us well built up jump scares that you don’t actually see happening as well as holding back on the ones you think will happen. (8/10)

Thriller: The Eye keeps you guessing to what really is happening from the moment she first sees the figure. (7/10)

Settings: The Eye uses each setting to show how the normal life has been changed but the operation. (7/10)
Special Effects
: The Eye uses the special effects to make all the ghost visits have scares that are slightly different each time. (8/10)

Suggestion: The Eye is one for all the horror fans to enjoy as it is far superior to the America remake. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Ghost visits and shadow behind them all.

Worst Part: I don’t feel like our lead was ever in actually danger.

Scariest Scene: Learning to write.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has 3 sequels and 2 remakes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dark Water

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: SGD 4.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: What if the reflection you see is not yours

 

Overall: The Eye is a good horror with plenty of scares that tries to keep you guessing throughout.

Rating 70

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Halloween Kingathon – Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Banner-3logoDirector: Taylor Hackford

Writer: Tony Gilroy (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt, Christopher Plummer, David Strathairn, Eric Boogosian, John C Reilly, Ellen Muth, Bob Gunton

Plot: A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Brilliant Story

Story: Dolores Claiborne starts with a fight between Dolores (Bates) and Vera Donovan (Parfitt) which leads to a witness walking in on Dolores standing over the body of Vera. When hot shot reporter Selena St. George (Leigh) hears about what has happened she has to return home to look into the story. Det John Mackey (Plummer) is the lead investigator on the case with an old friend police officer Frank Stamshaw (Reilly) trying to keep things together.

Dolores didn’t want Selena too be involved in the case and didn’t even recognized Selena, it becomes clear the too have become very distant and that Dolores is very confrontational. We watch the flashbacks of Dolores as she had to deal with an abusive husband Joe (Strathairn) who also had a mysterious death. Dolores also recounts how she ended up working for Vera and her obsessive ways but how it was all work to help Selena.

We are left with Dolores and Selena dealing with the past as the truths come back to haunt them both while they uncover the truth about what really happened all while dealing with John who was determined to catch Dolores this time.

Dolores Claiborne tells the story of how difficult facing your past can be, but it also shows how just because you remember event one way they could be a different side to the story. The story manages to get the balance of flashbacks down perfectly only just showing parts before finally giving us the final reveals. This shows just how to tell a story the right well giving us enough to keep us guessing and surprise by the end. (8/10)

Actor Review

Kathy Bates: Dolores Claiborne is the long suffering carer who is being charged with her murder, she has been through hell in life just working to make sure her daughter got a chance escape the dead end job. She has had a troubled relationship with her daughter and this case could be the final nail in the coffin for them both. Kathy gives a very powerful performance that could easily be one of her best. (9/10)

Jennifer Jason Leigh: Selena St. George is the big shot reporter who has to return home to help defend her mother from a murder charge but coming home only shows how the memories from her past have scared her life, but this does give her a chance to bury the memories. Jennifer gives us a great performance. (8/10)

Judy Parfitt: Vera Donovan is the victim that Dolores is meant to have killed, she is the lady that Dolores has been working for, for years and as the story continues we learn how they became quiet close. Judy gives a great performance in the supporting role. (8/10)

Christopher Plummer: Det. John Mackey has had it out for Dolores ever since her husband’s death which he still suspects her of committing till this day. He has taken this case personally and wants to throw the books at her. Christopher gives a good villainous performance but I do feel we need a little more from his character. (7/10)

David Strathairn: Joe St. George is the abusive husband of Dolores who died under suspicious circumstances but did he really die in an accident or was he murdered. David gives us a good performance in what is a very dark role. (8/10)

Support Cast: Dolores Claiborne has a supporting cast that are only small part in the final story, focusing mostly on the relationship between Dolores and Selena.

Director Review: Taylor HackfordTaylor brings us a brilliantly told story from start to finish keeping everything simple. (9/10)

Crime: Dolores Claiborne puts us into a story where we have to try and figure out what happened in the case. (9/10)

Drama: Dolores Claiborne shows how the relationship has effected the lives of of both Dolores and Selena. (9/10)

Mystery: Dolores Claiborne creates a mystery about what really happened. (9/10)

Settings: Dolores Claiborne puts nearly the whole story in a small remote town showing how determined Dolores was to get Selena out. (10/10)

Suggestion: Dolores Claiborne is one for all the murder mystery fans to enjoy but the whole film could be enjoyed by all. (Watch)

Best Part: Kathy Bates is brilliant.

Worst Part: Hard to find one.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $24 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minute

Tagline: Sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman’s best friend

Trivia: Judy Parfitt was recommended for the role of Vera by director Taylor Hackford‘s wife,Helen Mirren. Parfitt, who had largely confined her career to the stage, was virtually unknown to film audiences at the time. After auditioning with Kathy Bates, Bates reportedly turned to Hackford and gasped “Who was that?” They agreed to cast Parfitt on the spot.

Overall: A must watch for all Stephen King fans, a real gem in the collection.

Rating 85