I am a certified horror movie buff and I’ve watched damn near every horror film created. Why subject myself to tales terror that some say, invokes nightmares and anxiety? Because I’m curious to see how ordinary protagonists manipulate difficult situations to fight for their existence and survival.
The title of this blog post is according to a Youtuber who favored the original Asian version of the The Eye movie, versus the American remake starring Jessica Alba. I admit, I also believe the remake was watered down compared to the original, especially after watching this “scariest scene ever”. I definitely opt to watch this clip in broad daylight with all the lights on. Cause hell, these type of movies be scaring sh#t me (and I love it).
I paused the video every few seconds because the suspense was killing me. It took me a while to get through it. To make movies as scary as possible, filmmakers usually pair horror music with slow moving acting and direction to contribute to the building of suspense. And this cinematic method was mastered throughout this film. In this scene of The Eye, it takes place in an elevator. After watching this clip, I definitely would have taken the stairs.
The film’s summary below is from Wikipedia.
Blind since the age of five, 20-year-old Hong Kong classical violinist Wong Kar Mun undergoes an eye cornea transplant after receiving a pair of new eyes from a donor. Initially, she is glad to have her sight restored but becomes troubled when she starts seeing mysterious figures that seem to foretell gruesome deaths. The night before her discharge from the hospital, she sees a shadowy figure accompanying a patient out of the room and the next morning the patient is pronounced dead.
Mun goes to see her doctor’s nephew, Dr. Wah, a psychotherapist, about the strange entities that she has been seeing. He is skeptical at first, but as he gradually develops a closer relationship with her, he decides to accompany her on a trip to northern Thailand to find Ling, the eye donor. When they ask a village doctor about Ling and her family, he is unwilling to reveal anything but becomes more cooperative when Mun tells him that she sees what Ling used to see. Apparently, Ling had a psychic ability that allowed her to foresee death and disaster. However, her fellow villagers misunderstood her as a jinx and refused to trust her. Once, Ling tried to warn the people about an imminent disaster, but they drove her away in disbelief. When her vision came true, she felt guilty about the deaths and hanged herself. Ling’s mother is both depressed and angry with her daughter and has never forgiven Ling for committing suicide, until one night Ling’s spirit possesses Mun and attempts suicide. Ling’s mother saves Mun and breaks down, saying that she has forgiven Ling and Ling’s spirit leaves in peace.
On the return journey, their bus is caught in a traffic jam and Mun sees hundreds of ghostly figures lumbering on the road. Believing that a catastrophe is approaching, she runs out of the bus and tries to warn everyone to leave, but no one understands her and think that she is insane. In fact, the traffic jam is due to a tank truck that has toppled over and is blocking the road. The truck starts leaking natural gas but nobody notices it. A driver restarts his engine and ignites the gas, causing a chain explosion. Dr. Wah saves Mun from death by shielding her with his body, but Mun is already blinded by glass fragments. In the epilogue, a blind Mun is seen roaming the streets of Hong Kong. Although she has lost her sense of sight again, she is happy that she now has the support and friendship of Dr. Wah.
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