Tuesday, 28 May 2013

See No Evil (2006) DVD Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Dan Madigan
Directed By Gregory Dark

Genre
Horror

Cast

Glen Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight (billed as Kane)
Christina Vidal as Christine
Michael J. Pagan as Tye
Samantha Noble as Kira
Steven Vidler as Williams

Certificate 18

Synopsis

Eight Teens, One Weekend, One Serial Killer.

Seven feet tall. Four hundred pounds. A rusty steel plate screwed into his skull and razor sharp fingernails that pluck out his victims' eyes like grapes from a fruit bowl. Meet reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Kane, heavyweight WWE wrestling star) holed up in the dilapidated Blackwell Hotel with nothing but his nightmares for company. That is until eight delinquents arrive for community service duty, along with the cop that put a bullet through Goodnight's head four years before... and the game is on against this indestructible force of nature with a major grudge.

Special Features
  • Do You See the Sin? - The Making of See No Evil  
  • Interviews with the Cast and Crew 
  • 'Dog Food' Scene: Storyboard to Film Comparison  
  • Kane: Journey into Darkness

Review

I love slasher movies.  Anything from the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series through to the 'Friday the 13th' series and beyond.  There have been some really good ones and there have been some downright awful ones but where does this one fit in.

Well, while it's not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, it's still head and shoulders above some of the other slasher movies out there.  And I'm not just talking about the sheer size of Glen Jacobs (aka Kane) that stars here.

One of the thing I liked the most about this movie was the dark, grimy 80's feel of it from the sets to the deaths even down to the killer himself.  I especially loved how dirty and horrid the hotel looked that they get trapped in.  They do over 'dirty' the set in places but it's still a hell of a lot better than the cookie cutter sets that appear in a lot of recent horror movies.

However that's not the main strength of the movie.  That's the performance of Glen Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight.  Ironically his name is never mentioned in the movie itself but I digress.  Jacobs is best known to wrestling fans as Kane and he exudes the menace of that character here while mixing it with a liberal does of the Kane Hodder version of Jason Vorhees.  While Jacobs has next to no lines here, it's the physical nature of his performance and his 'evil mime' like facial expressions that tell the story.  I would have liked to have seen more of the character itself in the movie but his back story is told well in a series of black and white flashbacks.

Cast wise, a lot of them are just cannon fodder so to  speak for the Jacob Goodnight character but one of them stood out by a mile for me.  Samantha Noble, who played Kira, delivered a performance that really raised a cookie cutter style character to much higher quality than it could have been.

All in all, this is the sort of movie that won't win any awards.  It's not all that original but it is enjoyable for a horror movie fan such as myself.  Jacob's performance really reminded me of Kane Hodder, the best Jason Vorhees in my opinion, and as such the character was really memorable.  I would have liked this movie to turn in to a series like the 'Friday the 13th' movies but alas, that doesn't look very likely.  That's a real shame because if you are a slasher movie fan then you could do a hell of a lot worse than 'See No Evil'.

Movie 3.5/5
Picture 4/5
Sound 4.5/5
Special Features 3.5/5
Overall 15.5/20

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