SEE NO EVIL 2-United States-90 Mins. 2014
Directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska
Written by Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby
Let’s face it-when we see the WWE Studios logo appear at the beginning of a horror film (or perhaps any existing film genre for that matter) it doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence that what we are about to see will be any good. The original See No Evil had the distinction of having been directed by a former porn director, Gregory Dark. Then there was the post-apocalyptic thriller The Day which received mixed reviews at best. The haunted mirror flick Oculus took WWE Studios one step forward in the credibility department and the rancid Leprechaun: Origins negated that by taking WWE Studios two steps backward.
This brings us to See No Evil 2. Directed by the super-talented twins Jen and Sylvia Soska the film may indeed be what turns WWE Studios into a credible and reputable production company. Before you begin to think that the cheese has slid off my cracker I ask that you please allow me to tell you why I believe this to be so. I believe it to be so because the Soska Sisters take a (somewhat) traditional approach to the slasher film genre to bring us a sequel that is in every way the superior film to the original. They put a group of partying,drinking, horny young people in a single setting where they are picked off one by one by a remorseless, indestructible killer that sees their fun as sin that must be punished.
See No Evil 2 begins immediately after the events of See No Evil. Morgue attendants Seth, Amy and Holden receive the victim’s bodies from the first film as well as the body of mass murderer Jacob Goodnight after he flatlines and is pronounced dead in the ambulance. If there were only three victims then See No Evil 2 would either end quickly or move at an agonizingly slow pace for its 90 minute run time. However, it’s Amy’s (Danielle Harris) birthday and when she cancels going out to drink with her friends and brother to help her co-workers with the bodies of the victims and with Goodnight himself her friends and brother crash the morgue and bring the party to her. Soon after a resurrected Jacob Goodnight is ready to slice, dice and kill his way through the entire lot of them. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
I have to give credit to whoever decided to cast Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs as a sadistic serial killer/mass murderer. Of the lot of WWE Superstars who have been cast in films-including John Cena, Randy Orton and Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin-Jacobs is the only one that seems comfortable with the role he is playing. Danielle Harris is her usual reliable self as well and it’s easy to see why she is such an immense favorite amongst horror and slasher movie fans.
I do have one complaint and it is a very minor one. After seeing Katharine Isabelle as such a strong character in the Soska’s American Mary it is a shame to see her as such a complete bimbo in See No Evil 2. Then again I protest too much as I enjoy Miss Isabelle in practically anything I see her in.
With the exception of their entry ‘T is for Torture Porn in The ABC’s of Death 2 I have seen every one of the Soska sister’s feature films. Dead Hooker in a Trunk was a promising start. American Mary was a disturbing masterwork and now See No Evil 2 is a welcome addition to the slasher genre. Their next film is called Vendetta and I for one can’t wait to see it.
During the opening credits when it says “Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska” The corpses are that of both directors.
Jacob Goodnight is referred to as the “God’s Hand Killer”. This is the same nickname given to the killer in the movie Frailty.
Glenn Jacobs also appears in See No Evil and MacGruber.
Danielle Harris also appears in Stakeland and Hatchet III.
Katharine Isabelle also appears in American Mary and Torment.