See No Evil
Glen Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight (as Kane)
Christina Vidal as Christine
Michael J. Pagan as Tyson
Steven Vidler as Frank Williams
See No Evil Has Something for Horror Fans and Something for Wrestling Fans. In fact, after watching this filmI am not exactly sure which one I was watching, horror, or wrestling (or horrifying wrestling for that matter…)
I don’t watch wrestling. Yes, I can appreciate the pomp and circumstance that goes along with the theatrical event that is professional wrestling, but I have just never sat down to watch an entire event.
Wrestling is popular, though, as are those that perform. Starting with Hulk Hogan and moving forward with the likes Jessie Ventura, The Rock and Randy “Macho Man” Savage, wrestlers are a natural for Hollywood. Bigger than life…hell, just big!
The production company that creates such “classics” as WWE Great American Bash andSummerslam, World Wrestling Entertainment, was also the executive producer of See No Evil. It’s about time. How long, do you think, did the wrestling event production engine intend to allow their star attractions to move outside the wrestling arena to mainstream cinema before they were going to step in and get their piece of the action?
See no evil is a violent bash from the very beginning. A police officer named Frank Williams (Steven Vidler) happens upon an old house while investigating the disappearance of young women. While lurking around the old house he discovers that there is indeed something strange afoot at this house…and suddenly he witnesses his partner being pummeled to death by a huge scary creature-man. He also loses his hand to a swift ax blow by the brutish attacker and passes out…but not before firing off a shot to his attackers head.
Fast forward to a number of years later where officer Frank, who survived the attack and is adapting well to his prosthetic hand, is a guard at a teen detention facility. He is the lead attendant for a new program: Let the juvenile inmates cut down their time of incarceration by performing “community service” and cleaning up an old hotel.
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I’m all for allowing “good works” to reduce the sentence of teen roughens, but come on. Who, in their right mind, is going to permit a co-ed group of troublemakers to leave their cells and stay, unsupervised at night mind you, in some old hotel…free to smoke pot, have sex, what have you. Oh brother.
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Well, what (almost) nobody realizes is that there is a creepy wrestler-looking guy hiding in the secret passages and behind the one-way mirrors in this old hotel…and he is not happy. Death and dismemberment ensue.
You know, I really shouldn’t like this movie. But, somehow, I do. The violence is quick and shocking, and the story (aside from the fact that these kids are in this hotel in the first place…jeeze) is brought together in a way that actually allows you to believe that it’s all possible. The gore itself is a bit light, but there’s plenty of grossness anyway, and I think I actually yelled out loud in the theater from shocking and startling images more than once, something I rarely do. (Ok, I do that here and there…don’t tell.)
All in all I think it’s a good thing that the WWE is moving some of their bigger stars into venues outside of wrestling extravaganzas. Horror movies are a natural for these guys, and Kane is very believable as a big, dumb, violent freak. Imagine that.