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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.
A group of young delinquents are sent to clean up a dilapidated hotel when they get more than they bargained for in the shape of muscle-bound killer with an eye fetish. Produced by WWE Studios and featuring one of their own lumbering wrestlers, Glenn Jacobs (more commonly known as Kane), See No Evil is an uninspired slasher film populated by cardboard cutout characters and a serious lack of decent kills.
The film utilises a stock grimy aesthetic that has been used by every half-arsed DTV horror film of the past ten years. I assume it is supposed to look dark and creepy but it mainly just looks cheap and lazy. Beyond the novelty of seeing a wrestler butcher a group…
“Look into their eyes, can't you see the sin?”
-Margaret (Cecily Polson)
Once a good number of years ago a girl I knew told me one of her favourite horror movies was ‘See No Evil’. Now at that point in time I hadn’t heard of the 2006 horror film starring notorious WWF wrestler Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs, so I assumed that she was referring to the 1989 comedy film, See No Evil, Hear No Evil starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor; I thought it best not to flag up her error. Now though I see it was I that made the rather foolish mistake. In hindsight, all I can say is that she had horrible taste in horror movies (no offence…
Film #25 in my 31 Days of Horror
There's nothing wrong with casting wrestler Kane as the baddie in a Slasher. After all he's a big imposing looking guy and his ring persona is that of the Undertaker's more sinister brother. It's just a shame he's in a WWE Studios production.
The plot, such as it is, puts some young offenders on community service cleaning up an old abandoned hotel. The inevitable result is a standard modern slasher; everything is brown, the soundtrack is rubbish hip hop, and the camera can't keep still.
This is gabarge but if you're looking for positives it's only 85 minutes long, it's fast paced and there's a couple of inventive kills.
I'll probably watch the sequel tomorrow.
It took me forty-five minutes before I realized I'd seen this film before, that's how generic it is. "Surely I would have immediately recognized Rachael Taylor?" To its credit, however, as long as Transformers is around, See No Evil will never be her worst film.
Could someone remind me in future, that if I see a film endorsed by the main wrestling body, that I should just back away and not take a punt, please? But lo, I am here again, my love for a slasher ignores all of the alarm bells going off, and I put Andrea through yet another blunder of cinema.
From the start, I should have known that seeing as the main star of the film was wrestler Kane, that acting wasn't on anyone's agenda during casting. Yet, it was destined to be a group of un-likeable's facing the chop yet again. Every trope from the slasher back catalogue of stereotypes is represented here; the slut who gets eaten by wild…
I had no intention of watching See No Evil.
Not that I am too much of a snob to watch a WWE film, I loved The Condemned, it's just that I only watch films starring wrestlers I find (well, FOUND upto about 2004 when I stopped caring) interesting. I basically lumped Kane in with dull meat sacks like Big Show and John Cena.
But then the WWE went mad and gave the Soska twins the sequel.
Still I didn't much care.
Then they cast Chelan Simmons...and then Katharine Isabelle.
So with a future Day 1 Bluray purchase of See No Evil 2 already budgeted for, I needed to familiarise myself with the original.
Sadly...it's a bit of a turd.
Unrealistically pretty prisoners are transported to a creepy old house to put some good old fashioned elbow grease to work cleaning the joint up. Unfortunately, this creepy old house is the dwelling place of a huge wrestler who likes to pluck out people's eyes and kill them super-dead. And there you go.
I was hoping this would be brutal and gory and nasty like Black Christmas (2006), with which I for some reason associate this movie. Maybe the unrated version (assuming there is one) is super graphic, but the R-rated cut I watched was tamer than I wanted. Without a lot of graphic murder, what else could you possibly expect to get out of this movie? Well, you don't get much.
Ordentlicher Genrebeitrag. Auch noch nach 10 Jahren noch anschaubar, was zu einem großen Anteil an Kane liegt, der einfach wie die Faust aufs Auge in die Rolle passt. Der ein oder andere schöne Kill ist auch mit dabei, die Handyszene kommt immer noch heftig rüber.
Two shockers here - I've never seen this before, and also it's not very good. After maybe 10 seconds of credits, it cuts to a dog pissing in an empty, bloody eye socket. I miss the days when it was just Sam Jackson getting someone to join The Avengers.
Entertainingly bad movie. The only real appeal here is seeing the demon Kane in action as a psycho killer, and the likes of Vidal and Taylor as delinquents. There were a few interesting ways to die in the film too, so props for that.
In 2006 i sat through this flick in the movie theater and thought it was pretty damn horrible. I haven't seen it since but have been wanting to see its sequel(only because its directed by the Twisted Twins), so when i found a combo dvd with See No Evil 1&2 i figured what the hell I'll give this turd a second viewing a decade later.
I really think that See No Evil should borrow the "Its exactly what you think it is" tagline from Pieces , because it IS exactly what you think it is! It's a WWE produced slasher flick directed by a porn director & starring the wrestler Kane as the hulking killer. The latter may not be too…
Kane as a deranged madman is scary as hell. He's so intimidating that you can't help but think this was a great role for him. And that's fine by me; don't want him taking on some lame role to show a softer side. If you look tough playing a madman is cool. This psycho lives in an abandoned hotel and one day some at risk youth have a field trip there. Not a good idea if you ask me but I guess that's where 'at risk youth' would want to hang out huh? Kane, with his gnarly, huge fingernails and dirty teeth really kind of scares you right off the bat. And nobody is a match for him. He towers…
This movie is about as entertaining as a cancer diagnosis. I hated almost everything about it, the editing sucks, the look of the film sucks the music sucks, the only thing of note is Kane. His look and stature is ideal for horror films, to bad they can put him in something good. We here at Mondo cinema recommend watching any thing but this. This could have been an interesting story if done right. If you want to see a good movie about people getting killed by a mad man at a hotel, watch any of the Psycho films. To bad the toilets here at Mondo Cinema are not big enough to flush this disk down with the rest of the shit.
Listen to my review of See No Evil here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/see-no-evil/id1120635458?i=1000371545027&mt=2
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