While it may seem silly to call “See No Evil” a landmark film in any regard, it is worth noting that this generic slasher flick was the first major film produced by WWE Studio, at the time known as WWE Films. While many scoff at the quality of most WWE Studios’ productions, they’ve gone on to release over 30 more films, with over a dozen more in the queue. And it all started with this starring vehicle for Kane, of all people.
The not-so-intricate plot involves a group of juvenile delinquents trying to shorten their sentences by accompanying police officer Frank Williams (Steven Vidler) to the abandoned Blackwell Hotel to clean it up and turn it into a homeless shelter. Years before, Officer Williams was attacked by Jacob Goodnight (Kane) in that very building and lost his arm. Also, seven dead bodies were found, all of whom had their eyes ripped out. Office Williams seems pretty certain that Goodnight is no longer there, though it’s never really stated why he’s so certain.
Amongst the ragtag group of juvenile prisoners, none of them actually stand out. In fact I don’t think I could even list off their names, they’re just cookie-cutter versions of stock characters from every other horror movie ever. They’re greeted at the hotel by owner Margaret Gayne (Cecily Polson), who seems so sweet and helpful. If you’ve seen a movie before, you know how she turns out.
Goodnight starts picking off the unwanted visitors one-by-one, but shows a particular interest in Kira Vanning (Samantha Noble) due to her religious tattoos. He holds her hostage while murdering the rest with extreme brutality.
As a horror movie, this works well enough. With only 84 minutes to work with, director Gregory Dark wastes little time in letting the carnage commence and take center stage. His leading man has enough charisma and presence to be effective in the main role, as he’s required to do little else besides be huge and look scary – two things Kane excels at.
“See No Evil” is one of those movies that understands what it is and doesn’t try to be anything more. While it’s hardly worth going out of your way to see, it can certainly provide a solid fix for the horror film junkie.
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