See No Evil

DVD Reviews | Dec 10th, 2006

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Starring Glen Jacobs (Kane), Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, and Luke Pegler
Written By: Dan Madigan
Directed By: Gregory Dark
Studio: Lionsgate/WWE Films
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See No Evil stars WWE wrestling superstar Kane as a psychotic serial killer who gets to feast on a group of petty criminals out on work release. Lots of blood and gore ensues.

I haven’t followed wrestling for a good ten years but on of the characters that I followed before my interest in the sport waned was Kane. The dude was a good seven-foot tall and damn near four hundred pounds of solid muscle. What I liked about him was that his background story was right out of a horror flick. I had always wondered what Kane would be like in a horror movie. WWE Films and Lionsgate Entertainment team up to bring you See No Evil. See No Evil gives me my wish and to put in bluntly, I wasn’t impressed.

The movie kicks it off right away with some axe deaths. A couple of cops have a killer cornered in a house and go in without waiting for backup. (Always wait for backup.) One of the cops get and axe to the face and the other loses a hand but not before putting a bullet in the killers head. The movie skips ahead four years and continues to follow the maimed cop named Frank Williams who is played by Steven Vidler. Williams is now a Corrections Officer and is overlooking a co-ed work release program with a dozen minor criminals. This rag-tag group’s mission is to clean up an abandoned hotel and turn it into a homeless shelter. What they don’t know is that the killer, Jacob Goodnight (Kane) is holed up in that hotel and is licking his chops for the chance to cleanse the criminals of their sins.

Kane is probably the best thing about this lackluster and very unoriginal horror flick. Most of the time I found myself rooting for Kane much like one would root for Freddy or Jason when they were about to kill yet another idiot who instead of looking for a way out, they lock themselves in a cabinet. Yes, there was lots of that in this movie. I found the plot very hard to follow for the first hour of the movie. You never did find out how Jacob survived a bullet to the brain or why he was holed up in the hotel and how he knew about all of the secret passages that he used to sneak up on people. Some of the criminals knew each other but you only got snippets of the back-story. Throughout most of the movie, I found myself just thinking to myself…ok why did that happen and how did he get there so fast. It seemed like there were three Jacobs at different places at times. The pacing of the movie was very poor and it felt like the director just wanted to get to the kill scenes as quickly as possible. Speaking of the kill scenes, there were some good ones like the pack of wild dogs eating a girl alive and the meat hook through the neck but most of them weren’t very original and have been done many times over. Without giving too much away, the whole redemption and revenge, good guy finally gets bad guy story that would have made the ending a lot more enjoyable was thrown out of the window not even halfway into the movie. (See meat hook through the neck.) If only he had another arm, then maybe… The thing is, if you’ve seen any of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, then you’ve pretty much seen See No Evil already.

There weren’t many special effects in the movie other than the blood and gore props and the ending sequence, which was kind of funny, and there was a lot of that annoying choppy, short fast forward sequence camera work that was started in the Ring and used in just about every other horror movie that followed. The good thing about the movie was that it didn’t drag on with the run time being a short and sweet 84 minutes. I really don’t think that I could have sat through two plus hours of this film. The features are also pretty good with a good variety of goodies to check out.

Overall, the movie was a big letdown but the good thing was that Kane was not. He really made an awesome villain, one of those who you find yourself wanting to rip out everyone’s eyes, and he steals the show hands down. If a big name studio would put him in a movie with a decent script, he could become the next Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers. As for the rest of the movie, it was pretty much garbage. In the end, a street thug who beats women, a drug dealer and thief come out of it alive. Let’s just hope that Jacob Goodnight hasn’t said goodnight yet. Well, that would mean a sequel. Nevermind. Stay dead.

Audio Commentary with writer Dan Madigan and director Gregory Dark
Audio Commentary with WWE superstar Kane and Co-Executive Producer Jed Blaugrund
“Do You See The Sin?” Making-of Featurette
“Kane: Journey Into Darkness” Featurette
Storyboard-to-Film Comparison
Behind the Evil” WWE Promotional Spots
Theatrical Trailers

5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio

16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Color

English and Spanish Subtitles

Favorite Scenes: Kane busting through the mirror when a couple is making out, the hungry flesh eating dogs scene, anything with the meat hook
Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes
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