This Day in Horror

23 October 2014

See No Evil 2 (2014) - REVIEW


The followup to 2006's See no Evil.  I have to admit when I first heard that this was being made I was not real excited about the new.  Then I heard that the Soska Sisters were the ones that would be behind the directors chair.  Having just seen their film that was just released, American Mary, I was a bit more interested.  Then they released casting details that included genre favorites such as Katherine Isabelle and Danielle Harris.  Now my full attention was on this movie and what they were going to do with it.  From that moment on it was on my pre order list on Amazon.com.  I could only hope that it would not disappoint.

We start immediately following the carnage of the first film where the police are cleaning up the bodies and the mess that Jacob Goodnight (Glenn Jacobs) left.  This mess also includes the dead body of Goodnight himself.  Amy (Danielle Harris) and Seth (Kaj-Erik Ericksen) are awaiting the dead bodies, including Jacob Goodnight,  at the local morgue.  It's also Amy's birthday and she elects to stay and help with all the bodies rather than meet her friends at a bar for a drunken night.  When she calls and cancels all of her friends bring the party to her.  The only problem is Jacob Goodnight isn't dead!!

I really like that the movie starts out right where the original one left off even though in real time it's 8 years later.  There were not glaring plot holes that you sometimes see when a sequel is made so much longer after its predecessor.  Jen and Sylvia Soska in my opinion did a stellar job bringing Jacob Goodnight and the story back to life.  I really am a sucker for a good slasher film and that is exactly what you get here.

The one thing that really did it for me was a cast.  There are so many familiar faces and any horror fan will be thrilled to see them all on the same screen.  Katherine Isabelle, and Danielle Harris notably but also Michael Eklund that plays the role of Holden who was just on the previous season of Bates Motel.  Before I even saw the movie I had the pleasure of interviewing Lee Majdoub who plays the part of Carter in the movie.  He also had a great performance and really just seemed so natural to be in front of the camera.

Even if you are not a fan of the original film, I think you will really enjoy this sequel.  I would definitely include this on a list of sequels that I like more than the original.  Jen and Sylvia Soska each have an eye for horror and I can't wait to see more of the movies that they direct.  I would rate this film 9  out of 10 stars.  Stay twisted eveyone!


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