The Third Eye

David Knowles’ constantly escalating thriller The Third Eye probes the jagged reaches of a complex and creepy personality. Jefferson — think Norman Bates with a Harvard degree — passes himself off as a peripatetic wildlife photographer when he sublets his extra Manhattan apartment (yeah, right) to a series of unsuspecting women who are his real photographic prey. When his newest tenant engages him in the same cat-and-mouse game he’s so artfully played with his previous victims, Jefferson’s flimsy grip on reality disintegrates. Knowles gets so completely inside the mind of his psychotic character that you can almost forgive the wobbling plot. B