Wednesday, February 4, 2015

See No Evil 2 (2014)

Starring: Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Danielle Harris, and Greyston Holt

Homicidal Maniac:  Kane aka Glenn Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight

Run time: 1:30:00

Quick Synopsis:  After his apparent demise following the massacre at an old hotel, killer Jacob Goodnight comes back to life to prey on a group of friends having a surprise birthday party inside a morgue.

Here our much funnier and entertaining review of the original See No Evil, written by John Moser.  The beginning of his review still holds up this time around so I decided why not just post the opening paragraph here:

WWE Films. Yeah. No expectations what so ever. I think this was their first movie. Should have been the last. Let's be honest, wrestlers can't act. No, not even The Rock. On paper Kane makes the most sense. He's basically a masked Michael Myers type of bad guy in wrestling, right? It would make sense for him to be in a slasher. He'd probably be the best fit of all of them. Problem is, he isn't wearing a mask. His face isn't scary at all. He just looks like a big dumb cunt with no eyebrows. If Jason didn't have a hockey mask or a burlap sack over his face and just had the retard face with the Neil Young hair, he probably wouldn't have caught on as well.

Most of this movie is pure frustration for the viewer.  If you actually chose to watch this movie then there are some things that you expect from the film based on previous film.  Maybe you enjoyed the kills in the first film, which were decent gore.  Maybe you enjoyed the camp or over the top awfulness.  Either way the sequel does not live up to the shitty standards on those fronts.  I am not sure if it was due to the change in directors or budget but I just not understand having many of the kills within the film offscreen.  Reading the script, they had to know that the movie wasn't going to go over on just story or suspense like a classic like Halloween.  Nope.  

Ironically the overall quality of the film is an improvement of the original but that devalues the overall entertainment of the film.  I mean the acting is not horrible and some of the characters are actually likable.  I also like that directors attempted to play with some of the character tropes of the slasher, either by switching gender or relationships with other characters.  Although it does lessen some of the symbolism of the slasher, I am pretty sure that symbolism is mostly dead at this point anyway.  I do not like the idea of allowing the "monster" to speak.  It takes away any type of mystique that could be created by using a possibly menacing 7-foot killer.  See No Evil 2 is an awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: This film is directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, who also directed the recent cult favorite American Mary.  

Hidden Gem: Brought to you without comment: 3-Foot Cock

Total Kill Count:
Carter- Lee Majdoub (31:00) Attacked Onscreen/Killed Offscreen Gore Rating: 4
Holden- Michael Eklund (34:00) Offscreen/Found Dead Later Gore Rating: 4
Kayla- Chelan Simmons (49:00) Crushed/Bear Hug Gore Rating: 5
Tamara- Katharine Isabelle (53:00) Throat Cut Gore Rating: 8
Will- Greyston Holt (59:00) Saw through the Chest Gore Rating: 7
Amy- Danielle Harris (1:11:00) Stabbed through the Gut Gore Rating: 6
Seth- Kaj-Erik Eriksen (1:21:00) Head Crushed?/Offscreen Gore Rating: 4

             Horror Film: 4
             Entertainment: 4
             Gore: 5
             Overall: 4.25