'See No Evil [Blu-ray]'
(Glen Jacobs, Christina Vidal, et al / Blu ray / R / 2006 (2009) / LGF)
Overview: A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) 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.
DVD Verdict: It seems most of the ingredients for a great horror film are here - you have the unstoppable figure of Kane (WWE's Glen Jacobs), a pretty cool setting in the run-down hotel, plenty of potential victims and deep financial backing by Vince McMahon's WWE. For some reason though, it just doesn't work. I don't think it helps that Kane doesn't really make an appearance for about 45 minutes into the flick, and by that time you are so tired of the "teen" banter and the stupidity of the characters you are bored with the movie.
I mean, I couldn't care less about the people he's killing. A bunch of Abercrombie and Fitch models who I'm supposed to believe are criminals! And while there is a decent amount of gore, there really aren't any scary or tense scenes. Kane's silent character doesn't match the menace of a "Jason" or "Michael Myers", who exude scares by simply being there, and because he is basically silent, you don't get the "Freddy" like character you can really root for.
I think the biggest problem though, is that the teen characters are truly awful to watch. In most of these slasher flicks you never really care about the potential victims, but at least for the most part they aren't written to be as repulsive as these kids were. It looks like "See No Evil" made enough dough to warrant a sequel, and Kane does cut an imposing figure, let's just hope next time they spend a little more money on the script.
Nevertheless, the bottom-line is that "See No Evil" will be a favorite for WWE fans, but for everyone else is a little bit of a let down. Which is a shame in that the film could have been much more (even with the same storyline) given another 30 minutes, with time to set-up more suspense which equals better horror.
It seems clichéd to say that a film is cut like one long music video, but I really can’t think of any other way to put it. In one of the disc’s behind-the-scenes featurettes, director Gregory Dark proudly exclaims, “I understand the MTV audience, which is the audience for horror movies. The movie is fast-paced and fast-cut.” This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Commentary by Director Gregory Dark and Writer Dan Madigan
Commentary by Kane and Co-Executive Producer Jed Blaugrund
Do You See the Sin? The Making of See No Evil (SD, 13:02)
Kane: Journey Into Darkness (SD, 2:59)
Storyboard to Film Comparison (SD, 1:21)
Behind the Evil: WWE Features (SD, 1:24)