See No Evil 2 (2014)
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As it stands, See No Evil 2 is a fun little VOD rental for your Halloween festivities, especially if you're seeking something new to watch.
Aside from a few fun kinks, the movie plays as a fleetingly stylish but mostly generic maniac-on-the-loose movie.
A damned fun slasher in era that boasts very few of them.
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Katherine Isabelle provides some genuine laughs and the Soska Sisters dish out a few visually compelling shots, but ultimately I can't figure out why this sequel ever got made.
While this movie certainly won't win over any new fans to the horror genre, it's a slightly better than average slasher that's, honestly, considerably better than the original film. Honestly, while I don't remember much about See No Evil, I remember not liking it. But that film came out over 9 years ago, so I'd have to go back and revisit it to see if it improves upon second viewing, though I really doubt it. I think the film benefits from the Soska sisters directing the film. These women know their horror and they definitely bring a lot of life to what is a really tired and cliched genre. Though, the problem with the film is, that the Soskas are working with a script that wasn't written by them. While I'm sure they had some input into certain script modifications, I think the film would've been better if they had major creative involvement. The casting of Katharine Isabelle was clearly their move. And it pays off because Katharine is pretty great in this movie and is, easily, the most memorable character in the entire film. Again, it's not like the film re-invents the slasher wheel in any way, and it's actually fairly content at playing into those cliches, but it's a surprisingly better film that one would imagine. Glen Jacobs, as I mentioned in the review of the first film, does have a presence about him, since he is at, or near, 7-feet tall, so he plays the part really well, at least from a physical standpoint. He's, obviously, not a great actor since, I think, this would only be his second major role in a film. But he looks menacing and that's, really, what's most important in a film like this. I think this also benefits from a more dialed back approach, it's simply not just a slasher, but it does have moments where it builds tension and does it effectively at that. It's not great or anything, but at least it's something more than the usual stuff. The characters aren't great, they're fairly one-dimensional at that and, outside of Katharine Isabelle, no one really stands out. They do try to give the characters something more to do, but it doesn't really add that much. The acting is fine, nothing special and, as mentioned, the only really memorable performance ends up being Katharine Isabelle's. With that said, I still think this is better than most anyone would've ever expected it to be and a considerably better film than the first one, so I'd recommend if you have Amazon Prime Video, even if it's barely slightly above average.
Significantly better than a direct-to-video WWE produced horror sequel has any right to be, with an innovative 'final girl', a good music score and some decent cinematography. It's still trash though, and given the directorial talent and actors involved (Danielle Harris *and* Katharine Isabelle) I was still disappointed.
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