Celebrated horror film critic and theorist Carol J. Clover says in her game-changing book Men, Women and Chainsaws that “Horror privileges eyes because, more crucially than any other kind of cinema, it is about eyes.”
Occasionally a film arrives that takes this mantra more literally than most, and it looks as though Koichiro Miki’s upcoming horror Peeping Eye (original title: Nozokime) is one such film. Based on Shinzo Mitsuda’s 2012 novel, the film is about a woman who is relentlessly followed by a mysterious eyeball. It sounds a little like It Follows, only weirder. Which is fine by me. This brief teaser gives little away (particularly to non-Japanese speakers), but is nevertheless pretty damn cool.
AsianWiki’s synopsis reads: Ayano Mishima (Tomomi Itano) works as an AD at a TV broadcasting station. She covers the mysterious death case of a young man. Before he died, he said that somebody was watching him. Covering the case, Ayano Mishima realizes that the mysterious eye is also coming after her.
Due for cinema release April 2nd in Japan, Peeping Eye will hopefully reach audiences further afield sometime this year. Keep those eyes peeled.