Starring: Glen Jacobs (Kane), Joe Cappelletti, Craig Horner, Tiffany Lamb, Penny
McNamee, Samantha Noble, Matthew Okine, Michael J. Pagan.

Directed by: Gregory Dark

Story: A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they
know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel.
When one of the teens is captured, those who remain -- a group that includes the
cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago -- band together to
survive against the brutal killer.


Review:

In this world gone mad it's hard to find something that will have you on the edge of
your seat. When most lose hope they turn to other genres or they go to their local
video store to see what's new on the direct to video list. B-movies are a joy and
they can be fun to watch depending on what movie you're actually watching. Most
of them promise you something fun and gory, and very little actually are gory or
fun and it just becomes a waste of time and money. It's either that or the acting in
the movie is just so horrible that you can't bare to finish and sit through the rest of
it. Thanks to the wonderful folks over at Lions Gate we get to see one of these
movies on the big screen, and it was actually more entertaining than we expted.
See No Evil is a modern day B-movie. It's almost as bad but it's much more fun
than the movies you see lined up on the shelves. See No Evil isn't a serious movie
and it sure as hell isn't trying to compete with the top list of horror movies. See No
Evil has the heart and sole of direct to video release, but with great acting from the
star and all the wonderful blood and gore. Trust me when I say that this film
actually has the balls to you the graphic violence. Sadly it falls victim to clichés and
horrible acting from the supporting cast.

In See No Evil we follow a couple of cops who show up in a house on a disturbance
call. Hearing the sound of a woman they enter the house with guns in hand, ready
for whatever comes at them. One of the cops falls victim to Jacob Goodnight, a
seven foot tall and four hundred pound psychopath who has a thing for plucking
out the eyes of his victims. As one cop falls the other puts a bullet through Jacobs
head. Four years we fallow the same cop that survived as he leads a group of
delinquents who have to clean up the old Blackwell Hotel in order to get a month off
of their sentences. In the night the group bumps into Jacob Goodnight, who
surprisingly sneaked into the rotting hotel. Little by little they each get picked off by
the psychotic murderer, having their eye balls removed in the process. In order to
survive the night they have to band together and figure out a way to stop this big
walking seven foot machine.

If the plot sounds way too familiar then you pretty much know what I'll be saying in
this review. See No Evil features almost every slasher cliché known to mankind. I
really do stress the word almost because there are parts in the movie that are
different. Well actually let me correct that, it's not that it's different but it barrows
things from other movies we've seen in the past. See No Evil is a nice mixture of
Psycho and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie features nothing original even
though it's not your basic straight laced slasher. There are parts of See No Evil that
may remind you of other movies but that's not all a bad thing. On one hand yes it
falls victim to clichés where you have a group young delinquents who are nothing
but trouble and they are being chased by a giant psychopath who has an obsession
for eyes and religious tattoos. On the other hand it's fun if you try to look past the
dialog. The good thing about the movie is that it gives us much more blood and
gore than all the other trash that could only
"promise" you blood and gore. See No
Evil delivers the goods and it's the performance from Glen Jacobs and the
nightmarish sound effects that make it all work. The rest of it is just, weak. The
dialog is horrible, the supporting cast is dreadful and the story is just way too
familiar.

This movie is just as fun as your typical b-rated motion picture even though there
are scenes that are really hard to watch. It's not from the violence but from the
cuts and the way certain suspenseful scenes look. In parts it's choppy and over the
top. The violence is great but it's exaggerated to where some parts are more
humorous than scary. Keep in mind that Gregory Dark has produced and directed a
huge list of pornography and See No Evil is his first big theatrical motion picture, so
you can't really blame the guy. The best part of the movie is the star, Glen Jacobs
(who fans know more as Kane from the WWE) who seemed perfectly fit and born
for the role. Not only is he intimidating in the movie but he is also a  great and
natural silent actor. His expressions and approach is perfect for a movie of this
kind. Being the star of the picture it's great to see that he doesn't fall victim to the
dialog we have to endure from the rest of the cast. Jacob Goodnight only has one
speaking part and it actually fits the scene, it doesn't sound ridiculous or weak.
Glen Jacobs is the movie's strongest aspect right next to the graphic blood and
gore.

The back story on the other hand is very interesting. As the film progresses you
get to see flashbacks of Jacob Goodnight's upbringing. How much could you do to
a child before they start to lose it. It's like hitting a dog up until they are brave
enough to start biting back. This is just a small piece of the childhood Jacob
Goodnight had to endure and it's easy to understand why he is mentally unstable.
The rest of the story is less creative and not so powerful. You can come up with a
story like See No Evil really quickly. You just have to do your research and put
everything together. That's exactly what See No Evil is, a mixture of everything and
there are very little surprises. If you want to see a good movie with a good story
you might want to skip this. Only watch See No Evil if you have a die hard thirst for
blood and carnage or even bad acting. It's a real treat for fans of WWE Superstar
Kane and if you love his work in the ring then you'll have fun seeing him plucking
out the eyes of a bunch of delinquents.


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Overall: 6/10
Genres: Horror

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2006

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Studio: Lions Gate

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