Welcome back to another weekly movie look back from Toned in Entertainment and today I’ve got two of them for you!! I take a look back at the See No Evil movies featuring Kane!
The first movie was released in 2006.
The movie stars Glenn Jacobs aka Kane as Jacob Goodnight and was directed by Gregory Dark.
A bus of young troublemakers are tasked with cleaning up a dump of an old hotel. With doing so, they will receive time off their sentences. But little do they know that more will be mopped at this hotel then just the floors.
We are introduced to a wide variety of characters here with different backgrounds. If you’re looking for characters you will know and love, you’re not going to get that here. To be perfectly honest none of them really stand out here or make a lasting impression.
Kane is really good in this role as a creepy killer, Jacob Goodnight who walks the hallways using his trusty hook as his weapon of choice. There is some back story as to the not so good life he had growing up which has led to him to become the monster he is here.
The movie’s name is See No Evil and that comes from Jacob Goodnight’s fascination with removing his victim’s eyes as trophies. For the lucky ones, he does this when they have stopped breathing, for the unlucky ones they see the darkness happen right in front of them.
Do I recommend watching the first See No Evil?
Yes. The story is simple. But if you’re looking for a scary movie that’s different then others I’d recommend checking it out. And the movie run time is under 90 minutes so it’s not a big-time investment either. I got the movie on the Netflix DVD service but if you’d like to rent it, it’s available on YouTube and Amazon Prime for 3.99
Now on a scale of 1-10, I’m going to give See No Evil a 7.
I really like the eerie feel this movie has. The editing, set, and sound design are really creepy. And while the supporting cast isn’t very memorable, the star of the movie Kane is, as a terrorizing bad guy. My only real gripe is with the group of victims, none are that memorable so it was hard to sympathize with the characters as they got knocked off. It really is the way Jacob Goodnight sends his victims and the brutality in which he does that makes this movie a fun watch.
Now as far as the sequel goes….
See No Evil 2 – You Will Pay For Your Sins was released 8 years later in 2014.
The movie stars Glenn Jacobs aka Kane returning at the villainous Jacob Goodnight, Danielle Harris as Amy, and Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Seth. Plus a new group of victims who will pay for their sins. It was directed by twins Jen and Sylvia Soska!
The sequel picks up right after the original left off. There’s a slew of body bags heading to the coroner including that of serial killer Jacob Goodnight.
At the coroner, we meet undertakers Seth and Amy. Amy has just finished up her shift and has plans to meet up with her friends to celebrate her birthday. Just as she’s ready to clock out for the night she gets word that all the bodies from the murders at the Blackwell Hotel will be arriving shortly. With all the work coming in Amy decides to cancel her birthday celebration with her friends and stay.
Instead of her friends just going about their night they decided to show up at the morgue and bring the party to April. Apparently April doesn’t have time to go out with her friends but having a boos’ fueled sex romp birthday party at her job is fine.
With the party in full swing, Amy’s friend Tamera and her boyfriend go wandering off to have a little alone time. They end up in a room full of corpses. How romantic right? Well, apparently this is a turn on for Tamera especially when she sees the lifeless body of Jacob Goodnight. Tamera goes on to, let’s just say enticing the corpse even leaning over and kissing him.
Now that Tamera’s got her motor running, she and her man begin having an intimate moment, and yes just seconds after kissing the corpse of Jacob Goodnight. But for these two love birds (or how fortunate for us the viewer) Jacob Goodnight has come back to life and his reign of terror in the morgue begins.
The first movie’s location made sense. That those youngsters were trapped in a hotel they were unfamiliar with so it was difficult for them to know a way out. Here the slaying takes place in a morgue, quite possibly the biggest, maze filled morgue ever created and at least three of the people here work there and no one knows how to escape, no one has a key to any door and every door has somehow been locked.
I’m not someone that expects some really robust character development with characters in a horror movie especially when it comes to the victims. But dam, they have to be somewhat interesting, right? In the first movie the characters, while not dynamic, were at least entertaining for the most part. Here these characters are either as boring as watching paint dry or as annoying as someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard.
Also, it’s never a good sign when you’re watching a slasher movie and you’re just hoping for the characters to get knocked off as fast as possible just because you want the movie to end.
Each time Jacob Goodnight finished off one of these party-goers I found myself saying “Good, that’s one less person we have to see on screen.”
While I did enjoy the first movie and recommend it. I can’t say the same for the sequel. While there are a few scares, You’ll just be anticipating the credits to roll.
My final score for See No Evil 2 is a 3 out of 10.
And the only reason it gets that and not lower is that I still liked Kane as Jacob Goodnight and there is some good cinematography here that I did enjoy, But other than that the movie is a complete mess and not worth your time.