New To Blu: See No Evil 2

This Tuesday sees the release of the Soska Sisters' latest horror incarnation, See No Evil 2.

"I swear. It's not what it looks like."

Jen and Sylvia Soska have been making a name for themselves as two of the best young directors in horror with films like Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary. The sisters are back this week with the sequel to the rather underwhelming See No Evil. 

Back in 2006, WWE Films was just getting started and their first full production saw WWE star Glenn “Kane” Jacobs take on the role of a poor man’s Jason Voorhees in what turned out to be a dull, generic take on the slasher genre. Due to how poor the first film performed it was interesting to see WWE go back to the well eight years later.

I’m happy to report the results are much better this time around. Hiring the Soska Sisters was a very wise choice. Not only do they have a great feel for slasher horror but they also brought along Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle to give the cast some talented eye candy. See No Evil 2 is a straight homage to old-school 80's slasher flicks. We get a bit of an introduction to our characters and know all along their singular job is getting hacked to bits. After all, that’s the fun of it. After about minutes you’ll think you know exactly which character will be the one to live, but you'll be pleasantly surprised to find some twists along the way.

"Yeah. I know. My face is jacked."
The characters, as is normally the case in these movies, are all morons who make the worst possible choices which tend to lead to their untimely demise. The Soskas make good use of lighting and cinematography to capture all the blood and guts nicely and the pace of the movie is just as it should be. Glenn Jacobs plays the evil Jacob Goodnight. While there isn’t much original about the character, Jacobs does a good job with what he has to work with. It helps that he's a legitimate 6’10" 300 pound monster of a human.

WWE Studios had a schedule of only 15 days to shoot the entire film and at times it definitely shows, I would have liked to see what could have been done with more time allotted to the filming schedule. The movie is decent for what it is but by no means does it stack up to classics like The Exorcist or the original Halloween. If you want serious terror, this isn’t the movie for you. If you’re in the mood for some fun 80's style hack and slash then give See No Evil 2 a try.

-Brian Rohe

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An Interview With The Soska Sisters
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