Serial killer Jacob Goodnight returns for more murdering in the straight-to-video slasher See No Evil 2. Review after the jump.
2006 saw the release of the horror film See No Evil from WWE Studios – the guys behind the biggest professional wrestling organization. The film starred Glenn Jacobs (Kane in WWE) as Jacob Goodnight, a huge serial killer. The film went by without so much as a fizzle, so it was rather surprising to hear that a sequel was being released eight years after the original.
Directed by Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska; See No Evil 2 picks up straight after the original took place in a hospital morgue. Yes that does sound very much like the premise of Halloween 2. Amy (Danielle Harris of Halloween fame) is working in the morgue and it’s her birthday, but instead of finishing her shift and going meeting her friends like any sane person would, she decides to stay and help her crush with all the bodies arriving from Goodnight’s killing spree.
Amy’s friends and brother decide that they will take the party to her and surprise her at the morgue, but things soon go wrong when Jacob Goodnight sits up from the slab and pursues them all around the hospital.
Let’s start by saying See No Evil 2 is a decent looking film. The grading and cinematography are both great for a slasher movie. The problems reside in the movie being totally unoriginal and cliché laden. As movie lovers, we have seen this film in different incarnations countless times. Jacob Goodnight could easily be replaced by any other horror character and no one would know any different. The supporting characters are no better, you again get the annoying, cocky character that you want to see killed, the promiscuous girl who you know will buy it and the nice girl/guy to root for.
Danielle Harris shows that she still has what it takes to be a scream queen and Glenn Jacobs is certainly an imposing figure, but the film offers nothing new and what we end up with is just 90 minutes of people being chased around a building followed by a murder.
See No Evil 2 is what it is though, a serial killer/slasher flick. Don’t expect anything special.