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10 (2005)
The Eye 10

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 05/04/2009

Pang Bros. lighten up a little and pay homage to the Hong Kong ghost movies they grew up on. Respected colleague mrblue makes the point that "you could switch this film with Troublesome Night 20 (or whatever number they're on now with that tired series) and you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference." Exactly. Not near as heavy as the first two "Eyes", this sequel is outright scary fun.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Taijikid
Date: 11/28/2005

Let me say this right off the bat: "The Eye 10" is not a horror film. It's a Hong Kong ghost flick, somewhat similar to "Ghostly Bus," "Magic Cop," or "Troublesome Night." Keep that in mind, and it'll make the movie much easier to watch. The actual plot follows four teens from HK who travel to Thailand to visit their friend. Night falls, and they're all sitting around telling ghost stories, when their friend asks them if they'd like to get some firsthand experience with the supernatural. It turns out that through a series of strange events, he got his hands on a book entitled "The Ten Encounters." It's basically a how-to guide listing ten different ways to see ghosts. So the teens, being teens, eagerly agree to the game, and the fun begins. Sort of. As I said before, this isn't really a horror film. There are a few creepy scenes (like the midnight meal), but nothing that I'd really label as scary. In fact, some of the scenes are downright ridiculous! For instance, if there's one thing "The Eye 10" teaches you, it's that you can ward off ghosts by farting. Yes, you read that right: flatulence drives away spirits. Another is that if you make a ghost angry, it might just possess you for a hip-hop dance-off competition. Of course by this point in the movie, I'd completely turned off my brain. I'm not exactly sure what the Pang brothers were going for here, but the end result is something akin to a low-budget ghost flick with high-budget special effects. Speaking of which, there is something to be said for the visual aspects of the film. The CGI is for the most part top-notch, and the cinematography is great. The soundtrack is a bit odd, as it's a blend of moody instrumentals and upbeat techno. In any other movie this might seem strange, but considering the fact that the film itself has a bit of an identity crisis, I suppose it's rather fitting. When all's said and done, "The Eye 10" is an entertaining enough ghost movie. It's not a masterpiece, but then again, it doesn't really try to be. What it is, is a strange, offbeat, sometimes spooky and sometimes funny ghost romp by the brothers Pang. Hey, for a Friday night popcorn movie, you could definitely do a lot worse.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 07/01/2005

No, you haven't stepped into some sort of time warp. The Eye 10 is actually the third installment in the series; the "10" in the title refers to the number of ways to conjure up ghosts as referenced by a book some bored teenagers use one spooky night in Thailand. Of course, kids shouldn't play around with dead things, and a way to kill time ends up seemingly killing one of the group. Even after the friends go back to Hong Kong, spirits continue to follow them, so they decide to go back to Thailand to enlist the aid of a ghost-busting granny (who is surprisingly not played by Helena Law Lan) to get rid of the curse once and for all.

I enjoyed the first two Eye movies, but The Eye 10 falls flat. The inventiveness of the previous entries is replaced by a stereotypical Hong Kong ghost movie, complete with amateurish acting, a near-incomprensible plot and some very lame attempts at comedy (including a dire sequence where some homeboys have a "dance-off" with a possesed kid). Danny and Oxide Pang's output has been pretty solid so far, but The Eye 10 marks a step backwards. In all seriousness, you could switch this film with Troublesome Night 20 (or whatever number they're on now with that tired series) and you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

Still, I was willing to forgive The Eye 10 a bit. Even if it does seem like the Pang borthers have gone to the well one too many times with this picture, the film still looks very nice, there is still a creepy tone in parts and there are a few jolts as well (though this time out, they're more of the cheap scare variety). Over the past year, both Danny and Oxide Pang seemed to want to branch out a bit from the "ghost" genre with Leave Me Alone and Ab-Normal Beauty, and they had some success. Hopefully, they will continue down that path, rather than cranking out yet another "I see dead people" movie just to pay the bills.

[review from www.hkfilm.net]

Reviewed by: bkasten
Date: 06/11/2005

The Eye 10 is the third installment of the Pang brothers made horror series. The story is about a group of young people who are bored and decide to try and see ghosts with the help of a book. The book details the 10 different ways to see ghosts, the first two being the stories of the first two movies.

This is a pretty short movie at 84 minutes, but it was well spent. Theres a lot more comedy in here than the first two movies, and plenty of creepy moments. Add to that a handful of references to the Eye 1&2, including a returning "ghost", you get a solid movie.

Movie: 7/10

DVD (Mega Star)
It has all the good video and audio standard to new releases. Notable special features include 2 'making ofs'(with eng subs), and a cool gallery of all the 10 ways to see a ghost.

DVD: 8/10

(review written by vikunkfu)

Reviewer Score: 7