Thursday, 16 October 2014

31 Days of Horror: See No Evil 2 (2014)

See No Evil 2 (2014)
Director: Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska
Starring: Glenn Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle
Running Time: 90 min

  After releasing their 2nd feature, the gruesome "American Mary" the Soska twins, Jen and Sylvia have become a household name for independent horror fans everywhere.  So, last year, when it was announced that they would be teaming up with WWE star, "Kane" for the sequel to See No Evil, I was a little bit hesitant.  I haven't seen the original because there are so many movies out there but more so I heard that the original one wasn't that great.  Can the Soska twins bring there horror magic and give life to this limp franchise? Let's hope so.

  Amy and Seth work in at the city morgue and they secretly have a crush on each other.  Before Amy leaves at the end of her shift to meet her friends, Seth gives her a long and much needed big surprise, a birthday cake!  Yeah!  So, they head over to the main office to join their boss, Holden and to have some cake.  Don't worry it gets scary.  While having cake, they hear on the news that the police have discovered a shitload of bodies from the Jacob Goodnight murders, including the body of Jacob Goodnight. He was so tough, he murdered himself.  Anyway, Amy offers to stay and miss her birthday party with her friends because she knows how swamped Seth is going to be and because she loves Seth.  awww.
  Seth and Amy head down to the docks and start unloading the bodies into the morgue and the last one they bring up, just happens to be, none other than, wait for it... Jacob Goodnight.  After giving him the welcome to the morgue treatment, which apparently is a measurement and a check to make sure he's dead, Amy leaves to let Seth finishes the work. As she is walking down the empty corridors, she hears her name being whispered in the halls.  She follows the whisper into a dark room and his surprised by a birthday party!  Holden called Amy's friend, Tamara and she brought the party to the morgue.  Hooray!  Seth comes by to see what all the commotion is about and stays for a drink but leaves early because Amy's douchebag brother, Will tells him he's not good enough for his sister.  Upset, Amy tells her brother he's a asshole and tries to enjoy the party.  Whilst this is going on, Tamara and her boyfriend, Carter leave the party to go and explore the morgue because she has heard that the corpse of Jacob Goodnight is there.  They soon find the his body of Goodnight, so she straddles it and gives it a kiss.  Carter tells her, that ain't cool and then they have sex nexxxt to the body but while they're doing it, they notice that the body is no longer there.  Then the lights go out and only Tamara escapes the bloody rebirth of Jacob Goodnight.  She runs to tell the others that there is a killer on the loose in the morgue!  Can the gang escape this predicament that they're in or will they pay for there sins at the hands of Jacob Goodnight?

  This was alright, as far as sequels go.  The film has a cool 80's feel to it and there are some interesting twists.  There seems to be a interesting role reversal with, Danielle Harris's  (Hatchet 3, Stake Land) character Amy, and Kaj-Erik Eriksen's (88 Minutes, Danger Bay) character Seth, who happen to be excellent in this film.  The Amy character is independent and is handling the crisis better than Seth and in the end, it's Seth's character that grows stronger has the film goes on.  Usually, I find it's the other way in horror films, where the female lead starts terrified then become ass kicking machines by the end.  I'm not sure if this is intentional but I think it plays out really well.
  Speaking of good characters, I love Katharine Isabelle's work in this but I hated the character of Tamara and I'm sure/hope that was also intentional.  Isabelle played this obnoxious character to the nines and like Shelly in Friday the 13th Part III, you just can't wait for that character to die.

  Unfortunately, I could tell that this wasn't written by the Soskas because it was much more linear, which can be good but the murder scenes are far less graphic than I was expecting.  Don't get me wrong, there are some good kill scenes throughout the film but it's not like when they had full control over "American Mary".  If they work with the WWE again and they should consider having more input into the script because they can tell a great story.
  Also, I don't think that Glenn "Kane" Jacobs, who plays Jacob Goodnight should speak.  He is brilliant as the lumbering monster killer and is incredibly scary just storming around.  Buuuut, then he tries to speak and it just doesn't come across well.  If there is going to be a third one, maybe Goodnight gets stabbed in the throat, so we don't have to hear him speak.

  This isn't a groundbreaking piece of work but it's still a decent horror flick.  There are some good surprises and unlike most sequels this doesn't seem like a rehash of the original or a low budget feature trying to cash in on the original.  This is a good stand alone piece with great young cast and two directors that are coming into their stride.

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