Huge updates from the horror bros. Danny and Oxide Pang (The Eye) while on tour promoting their third Eye film entitled The Eye 10. Besides preparing to shoot Scarecrow for Blue Star Pictures this June under Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures label, they’re also working on another horror film entitled Kwai Yu (Ghost Zone), which stars their favorite actress Lee Sinje. Read on for the full interview…
“Fancy having a close encounter with the ghostly kind? Well, Oxide and Danny Pang’s latest ghoulish offering The Eye 10 lists 10 ways in which you can do that. But be warned: that like the movie’s five thrill-seeking characters, you may be getting more than you bargained for.
The Eye 10 is based on an actual Thai game.
To tie in with their earlier Eye films, The Eye (2002) and The Eye II (2004), the Pang brothers included cornea transplant and suicide during pregnancy as incidents that will bring about the sighting of ghosts.
Neither of them are worried that audience, especially the younger ones, will mimic what they see in the movie.
Brothers Danny (right) and Oxide Pang directed The Eye series of horror films.
“This is a film, not a documentary,” said Danny in Cantonese during a phone interview from Hong Kong last week. “I have confidence in viewers’ ability to differentiate between film and reality. We hope that they will watch the movie and come away happy and entertained.”
The twin brothers wanted a lighter feel to The Eye 10 after the chilling tones of The Eye and The Eye II; hence comic elements were included in the former.
“It was quite a challenge. You want audience to laugh and be frightened at the same time,” said Oxide in Cantonese.
Both directors agreed that the final forest scene (which doubled as the netherworld in the movie) was the most difficult to shoot. CGI was used to add in images of the dead. Oxide revealed that the film crew encountered some ghostly spirits that day.
“In that scene, Chen (Bo Lin) and Kate (Yeung Kei) had to wear burial costumes and make-up. Even I found it quite unnerving, seeing them dressed that way. I think we went a bit too far this time. That is why I have so much respect for Chen and Yeung, who were very professional,” Oxide said.
The brothers went on to commend the young cast which includes Isabella Leong, Kris Gu and Ray MacDonald, on their fine performances.
“They were perfectly suited for their roles and they did more than what was expected of them. Be it the funny or serious moments, they captured the emotions perfectly. And their camaraderie was unmistakable, even on camera,” said Oxide.
Having filmed three The Eye movies, Danny said the possibility of another instalment will depend on audiences’ reception of The Eye 10.
“If audiences like what they see, we will carry on but there is a possibility that we will be producers rather than directors,” Danny disclosed.
Now if you think horror movie directors are fearless people, think again. Danny confessed to being terrified of ghosts but not when he is filming. “You don’t feel that there are ghosts with so many people on the set. But if I’m alone it is a different story.”
He related a spine-tingling incident in which he once saw someone getting into an elevator. When he entered the elevator, however, it was empty. The experience was incorporated into The Eye.
Apart from doing horror films, Danny also directed an action-comedy, Leave Me Alone, starring Ekin Cheng last year.
Next up from the auteurs is Kwai Yu (Ghost Zone), starring Lee Sinje.
In June, Oxide and Danny are expected to direct their first English language movie Scarecrow. The movie will be produced by Sam Raimi, who directed Spiderman and Spiderman II.
The Eye 10 is now playing in cinemas nationwide.”