Thursday, June 08, 2006

See No Evil

This movie surprised me by being better than it had any real right to be. I think that lots of reviewers who are unnecessarily harsh to this film are letting their opinions of the WWE and Vince MacMahon cloud their vision.

In terms of quality this film is comparable to the Dark Castle films such as Ghost Ship, House on Haunted Hill, and 13 Ghosts. It is a cliche genre film, but that isn't a bad thing. All of the cliche's are well played, and even if it isn't terribly inventive it is a solid horror film and isn't afraid of its gore.

The WWE's first (released) foray into motion pictures stars Glen "Kane" Jacobs as Jacob Goodnight, a character who is pretty much the psycho Kane character he played during the Lita marriage angle. That's fine, because the Goodnight character is generic monster in the vein of Michael Myers or Jason, just like Kane.

There are lots of naughty teenagers for Goodnight to kill, and they are all locked in an 'abandoned' hotel that I think they were implying was built by an occultist in the 30's much like the setting of The Toolbox Murders or Ghostbusters.
Now it is trashed and the top few floors are burned out and a group of attractive, well dressed teens from a juvenile hall are sent in with two chaperones for a weekend to begin cleaning it up to turn it into a homeless shelter.

This movie is quite a bit better than Tobe Hopper's Toolbox. The production design and set seems to be the outlet for most of the budget, and it shows on screen.

There is also some other backstory with a cop that shot Goodnight in the head and lost an arm in return.

As in these types of films the story isn't really much more than a setup, but it is at least better thought through than many slasher films.

The direction and music in the film are quality, and the acting didn't piss me off. I don't have any real gripes about this other than a couple of minor quibbles over the timing of some of the killings.

I enjoyed the movie. I think if people would ignore the WWE connection they wouldn't quite be so hard on it.

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