Director: Ramin Niami
Writer: Ramin Niami (Screenplay)
Starring: Dakota Shapiro, Luke Cook, Vlada Verevko, Rebecca Berg, Ashley Elyse Rogers, Evangelina Neuhart, Sarah Marie
Plot: An agoraphobic young man (Henry), living with a Youtuber and struggling actor (Eric), hacks the webcams of young women, and suspects that one of them is a serial killer.
Tagline – Alt. Shift. Homicide
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Eye Without a Face starts as we see how agoraphobic young man Henry (Shapiro) goes about his day watching woman Laura (Verevko), Ella (Marie), Tessa (Rogers) and Sky (Neuhart) through their webcams, making up stories of their lives. Henry lives with a YouTuber Eric (Cook) who is always trying to get Henry out of the house, with promises of parties.
When Henry’s voyeurism sees him witness something he didn’t expect to, one of the women murdering their date, he joins forces with his roommate to try and stop her before she takes her next victim.
Thoughts on Eye Without a Face
Characters & Performances – Henry is a young man that has been suffering with agoraphobia, even if he does try to find time to get outside at night, when less people are around, he spends his days hacking into women’s webcams to watch over them, making up stories about their lives. He witnesses what he believes to be a murder by one of the women, leading him to believe they are a serial killer. Finding himself becoming paranoid the woman is coming for him. Dakota Shapiro does give us a great performance, be it the struggles with his health or his concerning approach to who he is watching. Eric is the YouTuber and struggling actor, trying to make a name for himself in the city, trying to help Henry escape his life, he is always pushing Henry to break out of his comfort zone, talking he way out of problems he is facing. Luke Cook does give us a performance that will make us dislike his character, which is by design. When it comes to the women Henry watches they all have their own lives, ones they don’t know they are being watched through, showing their strengths and weaknesses, ones they thought would be behind closed doors.
Story – The story here follows a young man that spends his days watching over women through their webcams, but when he sees something he believes is a murder, he finds himself being targeted by the woman, hoping he can survive and remain out of the targets. This is a story that will highlight just how someone can be suffering from agoraphobia will be pushed into dramatic ways to make their lives more entertaining, which is creepy to say the least. Jumping on the more famous Rear Window idea of watching something happen and making up their mind for what is happening which might not be everything that seems. This is an interesting story and will leave you wondering just what is going on, with the story going in a strange direction.
Themes – Eye Without a Face is a horror thriller that will mix of found footage with voyeurism of watching over unsuspecting victims, with a serial killer on the loose. Having most of the film taking place within the apartment shows how lonely the life has become, while giving us a window into the world of the women, not learning their whole lives along the way.
Final Thoughts – Eye Without a Face is a creepy horror which will also keep you wondering what is truly going on.