Movie Review: See No Evil (2006)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2006 slasher movie starring Glenn "Kane" Jacobs and Christina Vidal.

Synopsis: Four years after Officer Frank Williams lost his arm following an encounter with an eye-gouging serial killer, he is placed in charge of a program that rewards delinquents with reduced sentences in exchange for community service. His team's first task is cleaning up a historic hotel so it can be turned into a homeless shelter. However, things quickly turn deadly when Williams and his group encounter the same serial killer that made him an amputee.

Who's In It?

The movie stars Glenn Jacobs (World Wrestling Entertainment's Kane), Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan, Samantha Noble and Steven Vidler.

Review

I came across this film last night on one of our movie channels and, realizing it had been some time since my wife and I saw a decent horror movie/slasher flick, I decided to give it a try. I did, admittedly, have some doubts about this when I saw it was produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. However, after watching it, I was honestly surprised at how entertaining this was.

There were a couple things, in particular, I liked about this movie. One of the main ones was the fact it wasn't as predictable as I thought it was going to be. Part of the reason for this was because there weren't any real likable characters in this film.

Usually, when it comes to films in this genre, there are one or two characters that really stand out and, at minimum, you know they will be the last to die. However, since the majority of the potential victims in this film were delinquents, there really weren't any that stood out in that way.

I also liked the way the writers kept Jacobs' serial killer character's background a mystery. When the movie first introduces the viewer to him, it reveals very little. In fact, the only thing you learn about him is he likes to rip his victims' eyes out of their head. And, as the movie progresses, any additional details are revealed very sparingly, usually in flashback form. This, combined with Jacob's already scary appearance, does make him much more intense than expected.

Another thing that surprised me about this movie was the way the killer's intended victims actually tried to fight back. This is a bit unusual with movies in this genre and it was actually refreshing to see them having enough common sense to recover weapons and try to gain an upper hand. Of course, as smart as they were at times, they never seemed smart enough to make their way downstairs so they could escape and, instead, kept going upstairs in the hotel. So, in other words, they did still manage to make things a little easier for the man that was stalking them.

Final Opinion

This is a surprisingly decent slasher movie that keeps the viewer in the dark about important details and, because of that, is much creepier than I was expecting. I highly recommend taking the time to watch it if you haven't seen it before.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 12/24/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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