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The Eye Infinity
cast: Chen Bo-lin, Yu Gu, Isabella Leong, Ray MacDonald, and Kate Yeung

directors: Oxide and Danny Pang

86 minutes (15) 2005
widescreen ratio 1.78:1
Tartan Asia Extreme DVD Region 2 retail
[released 9 October]

RATING: 5/10
reviewed by Debbie Moon
A group of teenagers return from Hong Kong to Thailand to visit relatives, and one of them stumbles across a spooky bookshop stocking a volume describing the ten ways to see ghosts. They make a drunken pact to try out all ten ways, and despite scary experiences with 'spirits in a glass' and a night spent summoning hungry ghosts to a crossroads, one of them still hasn't managed to see a ghost, but their next attempt misfires horribly when one of the group disappears into thin air.

Back in Hong Kong, they attempt to forget, but the pact still hasn't been fulfilled, and now apparitions and strange phenomena haunt them. The only way to end this is to complete the ten ways - but that requires them to leave their bodies behind and venture into the spirit world in search of their lost friend...

A sequel that bears little relation to the original, The Eye Infinity (aka: Gin gwai 10) is essentially an excuse to string together a portmanteau of spooky happenings in various atmospheric locations. Some early sequences are quite chilling, and a sprinkling of dry humour adds to the fun - particularly a great gag about why they should never turn to the final page of the book. But once the action returns to Hong Kong, the film seems to lose its way. The few mild scares never justify the extended build-up to them, and the humour becomes juvenile and embarrassing.

By the time we reach a long dull sequence of a girl being chased by a demonic miniature basketball - which is even worse than it sounds - you'll begin to feel you're watching a particularly bad Scooby Doo episode. And just as she escapes it, her friend turns up and is menaced by it for another five minutes...

Even at 86 minutes, the film still feels stretched beyond its natural length, and a couple of decent twists in the closing scenes can't atone for the ropey middle section. Thai horror completists will want to take a look but, overall, this is something of a squandered opportunity.

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