My Little Eye is a 2002 British horror film. It is described as Big Brother meets Friday the 13th, which makes the concept of Dead Set, in a way (since that, too, is in the horror genre), older than they think.
The film starts with five young competitors—Emma, Matt, Danny, Charlie, and Rex—auditioning for an unnamed reality show. The rules state that they must live in a house for six months in order to win one million dollars. The catch? If anyone leaves, everyone loses. It continues at the last few weeks, where the people think about what they miss and what they plan to do with the million dollars.
However, the stakes are rising as their rations grow shorter, the heat is shut off, and Danny's grandfather dies. Rex thinks that it could be The Company, but no one else suspects a thing. Tensions rise, and another mysterious package that has a bottle of champagne and a shotgun appears. Later, a mysterious young man named Travis joins the group for a day, and he and Charlie have sex. Danny is accused of taking Emma's items and makes a gift for her, and that's where things start to go downhill, to put it mildly.
This film provides examples for the following tropes:
- Asshole Victim: Matt. Not that the cop who shot him was any good either though.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In the end, all five housemates die, and the bad guys, including Matt before his own death, win.
- Breakfast Club : Word of God on the DVD commentary says the group is a modern-day, pessimistic sort. There is even a Shout-Out during the time-passage montage, where they watch the film.
- Creepy Monotone: Matt, when he tells a story of how a woman got raped, speaks in a low and moderately sinister tone.
- Driven to Suicide: After giving Emma her present and overhearing her and Charlie talking about it, Danny hangs himself. And in a deleted scene (just before Danny hangs himself), Matt, being the Manipulative Bastard that he is, is shown to be encouraging Danny to resort to suicide.
- Fanservice: Charlie's shower scene, and her (very long) sex scene with Travis.
- Final Girl: Played With. Technically, at the end of the film, the only person alive apart from Travis and the cop is Emma. However, unlike numerous instances where this trope is played straight or even subverted, by the time she's left as the lone survivor her eventual survival is virtually out of question.
- Homage: To The Breakfast Club per Word Of God. Part of the concept is a dark updating of that film.
- Jerkass: While it is debatable as to who the other jerks are, Rex is definitely one. Near the end of the film, he becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold when he figures out what is going on and helps the housemates.
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: At the end of the film, after killing Charlie and Rex and attempting to murder Emma, Matt dies when the cop shoots him in the head.
- Manipulative Bastard: Those who set up the twisted competition — but Matt especially, who seemed like a nice, "normal", average guy (save for the disturbing little story he shared) at first.
- This Is a Competition: Rex's state of mind throughout the film. It's clear that he really wants to win the one million dollars.
- Too Dumb to Live: Rex going downstairs on his own under close videosurveillance just to relieve his cough... And the dumbest thing was that he just began playing a videogame there - as if absolutely nothing had happened. Naturally, it ended with Off with His Head!.
- Wham Line: "Should I kill her now?" The extra wham comes in who says it.