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See No Evil (R)

Release Date: May 19th, 2006 by Lionsgate Films. The Cast: Kane, Christina Vidal, Samantha Noble, Michael J. Pagan, Steven Vidler, Cecily Polson, Luke Pegler, Rachael Taylor, Penny McNamee, Craig Horner, Michael Wilder, Tiffany Lamb, Cory Robinson.
Directed by Gregory Dark.

BASIC PREMISE: A group of juvenile criminals do community service at an old, abandoned hotel which secretly harbors Jacob Goodnight (Kane), a psychopathic killer.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The brutal opening scene prepares you for a relentlessly gruesome, gory ride as Jacob Goodnight attacks a helpless female victim, kills a police officer, and chops off another officer’s arm with an axe. Four years later, the same surviving police officer escorts eight young criminals to the creepy Blackwell Hotel where they must do some dirty work. Just like in most horror films such as Scream and Saw, it’s fun to try to figure out who will be the next victim even though you don’t really care about them. See No Evil fails to deliver for those horror fans expecting an original plot with shocking twists. The real pleasure here is watching Kane, a WWF wrestler, use his creepy physical appearance to “act” without dialogue—except in the third act. Screenwriter Dan Madigan manages to make every killing creatively different from the rest, i.e. by the use of an elevator door and a cell-phone. Madigan also adds some character development to Jacob Goodnight to make him slightly complex, but it’s difficult to find him as an intriguing madman when he only speaks a few times. It would have been nice to include more dark humor besides the irony of how a particular victim dies and a dog relieving itself in an unexpected way. Fortunately, director Gregory Dark makes the best out of the set designs, the cinematography, and uses atypically warm colors to generate a chilling atmosphere.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.


IN A NUTSHELL: Unoriginal and unsurprising, but appropriately full of gruesome violence and creepy visuals.


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