Director: Geogory Dark
Starring: Kane, Christina Vidal, Michael
J. Pagan, Tiffany Lamb, Samantha Noble
RunTime: 1 hr 19 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: NC-16 (Violence & Gore)
Official Website: http://www.seenoevilthemovie.com/
Day: 9 August 2006
feet tall. Four hundred pounds. A rusty steel plate screwed
into his skull and razor-sharp fingernails that pluck out
his victims’ eyes. Reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight
is holed up in the long-abandoned and rotting Blackwell Hotel,
alone with his nightmares until eight petty criminals show
up for community service duty along with the cop who put a
bullet in Jacob’s head four years ago.
When one of their own is kidnapped by the killer and her fate
uncertain, the remaining lawbreakers must fight this indestructible
force of nature with a violent score to settle.
am not a fan of horror movies. My most recent experience with
that particular genre was House of Wax, and even then I thought
it was a movie about Paris Hilton’s house with many
wax models of herself in it. Then there was the Texas Chainsaw
Massacre remake which I watched on DVD while wondering members
of which psychological profile would stock up on such horror
titles. Similarly, I never understood why normal teenagers
and working adults spend time and money getting frightened
in the theatres – life in Singapore must be really really
Evil is a star vehicle of sorts for the World Wrestling Entertainment
star Kane. Kane is big and nasty and a brute in the ring.
He is also Jacob Goodnight (and good luck!) in this movie.
In terms of acting, Kane is easily the best actor in the show.
He is a natural at looking mentally challenged and his physique
is already horrifying in itself. As for the rest of the cast,
the soylent green in this movie consists of eight American
and Australian actors and actresses posing as young offenders.
No, the part about the teenage victims being juvenile delinquents
is not meant to lessen our guilt while savouring their dismemberment.
It is meant to explain the incredible sequences of barely
believable events that led to most of their collective eyes
being gouged out by Mr Goodnight.
said that, I am no prude to diss this movie for having a flimsy
storyline and a serious lack of character development. You
don’t expect that from horror flicks – a different
set of standards apply. In fact, I find See No Evil an entertaining
and a well-produced slasher flick through my squinting eyes
(it’s either that or focusing on the item shown at the
bottom right corner of the screen). Director Gregory Dark
channeled his MTV experiences and an M.F.A. degree from Stanford
University to incorporate CSI-style cinematographical intrusions
into the human body as well as the prerequisite bone-crushing
and squishing blood-sounds to gory scary effect.
Evil carries just the right shade of ghoulish humour –
the best example being the running physical comedy gig of
Mr Goodnight trying to carry his victims into various orifices
and ending up smashing parts of their bodies against the walls.
The gag miraculously induces guffaws from the audience every
time and is funnier than Jack Neo movies. Very importantly,
the movie does not take itself seriously and prefers character
decapitation over character development and blood-sport over
plot. It is also appropriately grossly grotesque. You have
to stay past the first part of the ending credits to appreciate
the best thing I like about the film is that it packs all
of the aforementioned in only 79 minutes. It has to be the
perfect movie before a hearty dinner.
(The regulators rated this movie at NC16 so that the young
punks out there can watch a well-made bloodfest and learn
to be more discerning)
by Lim Mun Pong