The wait is finally over, See No Evil 2 is now available on Video On Demand and October 21st, you can own it on DVD. As a fan of the first See No Evil film from 2006, I of course had to watch the sequel especially with the Twisted Twins directing.
Before I get into the review, here is a bit of background information on the film.
Written by: Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Daby
Directed by: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Starring: Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle and Glenn Jacobs (Kane)
Run time: 90 minutes
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.
In See No Evil 2, we see the return of Jacob Goodnight (Glenn Jacobs) and this time he is locked in a morgue with a brand new set of victims. Scream queens Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary) share the screen and face off with one of horror’s most intimidating foes.
If you liked the first film, you will love this one. The kills are more horrifying than before and Jacob Goodnight’s arsenal of weapons has gotten larger, sharper and even more brutal. Jen and Sylvia Soska not only directed this film, but they have a brief cameo at the beginning during the opening credits.
Katharine Isabelle is known mostly for her sexy, badass roles, but in See No Evil 2, she is a bit of a comedic relief. That is one of the many things that makes this film great. Not only is there gore and fear, but there is a perfect mix of drunken, fearful comedy. Danielle Harris is a phenomenal combination of the damsel in distress and the fearless heroine. Glenn’s portrayal of Jacob Goodnight is absolutely terrifying. He has such a natural ability to convey rage and hate, he really looks like he means it. He doesn’t speak much, but the few lines that he does have throughout the film are delivered in an almost guttural growl. His performance is utterly perfect.
The new look of Jacob Goodnight, let’s call it cadaver chic, is even more frightening than in the first film. If you’re a fan of old school WWF and WWE, you know Glenn is no stranger to wearing a mask, and he wears them well. He dawns the mask of a burn victim he finds in the morgue to cover up the eye that was destroyed in the first film. As a bit of a nod to American Mary, he also straps on an apron since his clothes were destroyed. The new look makes him look bigger and ready to destroy anything and anyone that gets in his way.
The setting of the film really added to the overall horror of this film. What makes Jacob Goodnight an even more terrifying killer? Being locked in a morgue with him. The lighting provided a very eerie environment throughout the entire film.
See No Evil 2 is a breath of fresh, maddening air for horror fans. There was not a thing I found to complain about. The cast was great, the writing was phenomenal and the setting was ominous. See No Evil 2 is the perfect combination of terror and gore with a splash of comedy thrown in every now and then.
I recommend any horror fan see this film. If you haven’t seen the first one, you should, but it won’t effect your ability to enjoy the second installment. Both films carry different story lines and the only character they have in common is Jacob Goodnight.
I give See No Evil 2 a perfect 10 out of 10.