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Saturday, 28 September, 2002, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Director eyes Hollywood horror hit
My Little Eye
My Little Eye is a chilling twist on Big Brother
Up-and-coming film director Marc Evans is banking his reputation on a blockbuster horror hit, with the opening of psychological thriller My Little Eye next week.

Evans has tackled one of the oldest genres in cinema and hopes his taut, stylistic effort will capture the imaginations of horror fans.

Marc Evans, film director
Marc Evans: 'It has to be scary'

Set in rural Newfoundland, a group of young people are enticed to stay locked in a house for as long as they can, Big Brother-style, with the offer of a large cash prize at the end.

But instead of a few weeks in luxurious surroundings, the "contestants" have to endure six months of isolation, as their wits and nerves are stretched to the limit.

Watched by closed-circuit cameras, the plot takes the expected twists and turns of the genre, but it is Evans' interpretation and direction of the plot that is expected to leave cinema-goers on the edge of their seats.

The fly-on-the-wall technique of filming will draw inevitable comparisons to The Blair Witch Project, which struck a chord with "reality horror" fans.


The biggest challenge was trying to make this a scary film

Marc Evans, director

At a special preview in Cardiff, Evans admitted to being nervous about making his first-ever horror film.

"You know, the thing about making the film that was scary was that I had not made one before. Horror films have rules and with the horror audience you patronise them at your peril.

"They are a very bright, film-literate audience. The biggest challenge was trying to make this a scary film; comedies only work if they are funny and horror only works if it is scary."

'Scared witless'

Emily Underwood, who attended the preview at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, said My Little Eye had the classic hooks of a good horror film with something a bit different on top.

"In a way, it reminds me of a lot of other horror films that I watched as a teenager at friends' houses to scare myself witless and not go to sleep.

"But I think this film has a different look about it because of the technology it uses."

My Little Eye goes on release in the UK on Friday, 4 October.

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