I suppose, in many ways, the Soska sisters were on a bit of a hiding to nothing when they signed on the dotted line for slasher sequel See No Evil 2.

Heralded by all and sundry in the horror fraternity for their breathtaking American Mary a couple of years back, it’s fair to say more than a few eyebrows were raised when they unveiled a straight-to-DVD sequel starring a WWE wrestler as their next project.

But I’m sure the girls need to pay the bills like the rest of us, and, like one producer told me a few months back, the best way to stay relevant is to keep working, so here they are.

And the truth is, while by no means a memorable piece of film, See No Evil 2 is a serviceable, enjoyable slice of hokum with a fair few convention skews along the way.

Kicking off in a Halloween II-style by throwing us straight into the aftermath of the 2006 original as the bodies start arriving at the local hospital/morgue, the film centres on morgue attendants Amy and Seth (Danielle Harris and Kaj-Erik Eriksen).

It’s actually Amy’s birthday, but rather than head off to a party she decides to stay to oversee the pile-up of corpses, which includes the killer himself, the ridiculously-named Jacob Goodnight (WWE behemoth Kane).

More knife-fodder arrive though when the party gang decide to head to the morgue to celebrate with Amy there (as you would) and before you know it the drink and flirting is flowing freely.

Heading up the booze brigade is Tamara (a sexed-up, deliciously over-the-top Katherine Isabelle), along with Amy’s party-pooper brother Will (Greyson Holt) and a few other airheads.

All seems fine, even if a bit creepy, but the situation gets a whole lot worse for our gang when Jacob reveals himself to be not that dead after all, rising from the slab to carry out a fresh round of carnage.

Performances-wise the film is pretty strong – any film starring scream queens Harris and Isabelle would be expected to deliver on that score, and they indeed do.

Sure, the dialogue lets them down at times, but their enthusiasm carries the whole thing off.

Eriksen makes for a likeable male lead, and there is also decent support from Bates Motel’s Michael Eklund as the morgue’s wheelchair-bound boss.

Kane does his thing and certainly looks the part, his huge presence lumbering around the hospital corridors with sinister intent.

The kills, which let’s face it are why a lot of people would sit through this, are pretty generic in the main – with so many weapons at Jacob’s disposal, it is a bit of a let-down that the killer relies on the same old blades for much of the film’s run time.

The cinematography is neat, with plenty of claustrophobic, dimly-lit corridors leading to a host of fast-paced chases, even if you do get a bit annoyed at just how Jacob both seems to know where all the exits are (to block them off) and has this miraculous knack of turning up at the right place at the right time (or the wrong place at the wrong time if you’re the victim) – the ladies’ toilets anyone?

In addition, the less said about the closing scene the better, which undoes a lot of the film’s enjoyable work, not just bending the ruler of plausibility but completely shattering it.

There are some nice Soska touches here (which includes an ingenious early cameo) – we get men tripping over in corridors instead of women and a handful more genre ‘flips’ (which I can’t go in to for fear of spoilers).

But there is nothing that marks See No Evil 2 out from the crowd, nothing that screams ‘watch me’ – an enjoyable sequel yes, but sadly nothing more than that.

 

DVD Review: See No Evil 2
A solid, if unspectacular, slasher sequel
3.0Overall Score
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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.