Wednesday, February 4, 2015

See No Evil 2 - Review

See No Evil 2 (2014) **
D: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
C: Kane, Danielle Harris, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Katharine Isabelle, Michael Eklund, Greyston Holt, Lee Majdoub, Chelan Simmons

Plot Synopsis: A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

Review: The original See No Evil, released in 2005, was a slasher with a slightly harder edge and some moments of energy & momentum, but otherwise, it was pretty much the same old, same old. So how does a sequel, to a slasher film, that wasn't all that distinguished to begin with, measure up? Well, let's take a look.

The body, of the killer from the first film, is transported to the city morgue. Conveniently enough, a group of young people are gathered at said morgue throwing a birthday party for a friend. Some of the caricatures ...I'm sorry, I mean characters, include a slut turned on by dead corpses, a guy looking to score, the guy regulated to being the best friend and scream queen extraordinaire Danielle Harris. After getting an overview of where the film takes place and who's going to be slaughtered, aforementioned killer awakens from his slumber. Guess what happens?

From there, they go through the usual paces. If you've never watched a slasher, go ask another slasher fan for the details. They can tell, without even having seen this film, because the material sticks so closely to the same well worn path of those that came before it and those that will proceed it. It's nothing more then spare parts simply recycled. 

To its credit, Katherine Isabelle (of Ginger Snaps fame) tries to inject some life into the proceedings. Even when stuck with the task of playing an uninteresting character, Isabelle is hard at work always trying to figure something interesting to do with her role. Isabelle's approach is worth pointing out, because even generic material can be elevated a notch or two when the participants invest in the production whether that's emotionally or with hard work. 

Too bad no one else followed Isabelle's example. What we're left with is a film that's competently acted & directed (for the most part), but that's lacking in spirit or freshness. [R] 90 minutes.   

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