The Child’s Eye 3D

Outside Asia, "The Child's Eye" looks destined to be eyeballed mostly by cultists.

Hands pop out of the ground, monsters lunge camerawards, and other shocktastic devices that even William Castle would have thought corny are deployed for stereoscopic silliness in “The Child’s Eye,” the latest from prolific co-helming brothers Danny and Oxide Pang. Billing itself as Hong Kong’s first 3D horror film, the pic certainly doesn’t offer any firsts in the script department, with a hoary tale of a haunted hotel in Bangkok. Outside Asia, this one looks destined to be eyeballed mostly by cultists.

Three couples — played by Rainie Yang and Shawn Yue, Elanne Kwong and Izz Xu, and Ciwi Lam and Rex Ho — are about to fly home to Hong Kong from Bangkok when civil unrest closes the airport. With nowhere else to go, they wind up at a fleabag hotel run by shifty Chuen (Lam Ka Tung). Turns out a ghost is also in residence there that only a fetching dog can see (surely “The Dog’s Eye” would be a more accurate title?). Given a secondary monster that’s an unconvincingly latexed half-man, half-mutt, and the predictability of the shocks, pic is all-around a bit of dog.

The Child’s Eye 3D

Hong Kong

  • Production: A Universe Entertainment presentation in association with Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Co. of an Enable Film Prods. production. (International sales: Universe Films Distribution, Hong Kong.) Produced by Alvin Lam, Danny Pang, Oxide Pang. Executive producer, Daneil Lam. Co-executive producer, Kebo Wu. Directed by Danny Pang, Oxide Pang. Screenplay, Pang, Pang, Pak Sing Pang.
  • Crew: Camera (color, 3D), Decha Srimantra; editor, Curan Pang; music, Origin Kampanee; art director, Nuth Chimprasert; costume designer, Surasuk Warakitcharoen. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (noncompeting), Sept. 4, 2010. Running time: 96 MIN.
  • With: With: Rainie Yang, Elanne Kwong, Lam Ka Tung, Jo Koo, Ciwi Lam, Izz Xu, Rex Ho, Shawn Yue. (Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, English dialogue)
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