See No Evil (2006 film)

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This article is about a horror film. For the 1971 horror film, see See No Evil (1971 film). For the 1989 comedy film, see See No Evil, Hear No Evil.
See No Evil
See no evil.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregory Dark
Produced by Vince McMahon
Joel Simon
Written by Dan Madigan
Starring Kane
Samantha Noble
Christina Vidal
Luke Pegler
Michael J. Pagan
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Ben Nott
Edited by Scott Richter
Production
company
WWE Studios
(Eye Scream Productions)
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release dates
  • May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8,000,000.
Box office $15,003,884.

See No Evil is a 2006 slasher film directed by Gregory Dark, written by Dan Madigan, produced by Joel Simon, and starring professional wrestler Kane (Glenn Jacobs). It is the first major film produced by WWE Films and was released by Lions Gate Entertainment on May 19, 2006.

The film went through many different working titles before the final title of See No Evil was chosen. The original working title of the film was Eye Scream Man, but was later changed to The Goodnight Man, then Goodnight before settling on See No Evil.

Plot[edit]

Police officer Frank Williams (Steven Vidler) and his partner Blaine (Corey Parker Robinson) investigate an abandoned house, where they find a young woman with her eyes ripped out. Suddenly, Blaine is murdered by a large figure with an axe before Frank is attacked as well. Frank manages to fend the man off, but his arm is severed in the process. In the aftermath, detectives find seven bodies in the house, all of which have had their eyes ripped out.

Four years later, Frank is taking a group of delinquents- Christine Zarate (Christina Vidal), Kira Vanning (Samantha Noble), Michael Montross (Luke Pegler), Zoe Warner (Rachel Taylor), Tye (Michael J. Pagan), Melissa Beudroux (Penny McNamee), Richie Benson (Craig Horner), and Russell Wolf (Mikhael Wilder) -to clean up the abandoned Blackwell Hotel in order to turn it into a homeless shelter, as explained by the owner Margaret (Cecily Polson). This was a chance for them to reduce their prison sentences. As the delinquents work, they do not realize that psychopath, Jacob Goodnight (Kane) has been living in the rotting hotel.

Tye and Richie decide to look for the previous owner's safe, which was never recovered after the fire that broke out in the hotel. Meanwhile, Kira deals with being reunited with Michael, her abusive ex-boyfriend who was the one who sent her to jail. While searching for the safe, Tye and Richie discover a dead body. Richie panics and attempts to leave, but is attacked by Goodnight, and dragged into an elevator with a hook, in front of a horrified Tye.

Margaret realizes the elevator is being used, and informs Frank's partner, Hannah (Tiffany Lamb), who goes to check if everyone is in their rooms. However, the elevator doesn't stop and takes Hannah up to the damaged floors of the hotel, where she is killed by Goodnight, rips out her eyes. Meanwhile, Christine agrees to help Kira escape the hotel after catching Michael hurting her in the bathroom. While Kira is escaping, she is attacked by Goodnight, who drags her into the dumbwaiter. Christine, Frank and Margaret arrive just as she is abducted, and Christine informs Frank that the others have gone to the restricted penthouses to have a party. While Margaret stays behind to phone the police, Christine and Frank enter the elevator, where they find Hannah's blood. They bump into Tye, who warns them of the man who took Richie. Frank realizes it is Goodnight and goes to pursue him, but a hook is dropped from the ceiling, catching him under the jaw and pulling him up, before his body is dumped back down in front of Tye and Christine.

Kira is held hostage by Goodnight because of her religious tattoos. She awakens in Goodnight's lair, where Richie has been tied up. Goodnight soon arrives and gouges Richie's eyes out, before we see a flashback of Goodnight's childhood, which suggest his killing sprees are owed to religious abuse.

Meanwhile, Michael, Zoe, Russell and Melissa are taking drugs in a penthouse. Soon after, Russell and Melissa leave for some privacy. As the pair is about to have sex, they are attacked by Goodnight. They manage to escape and hide in a room, where they realize they can climb out the window to get to the ground level of the hotel. Russell lowers Melissa out of the window with a rope, but Russell is killed by Goodnight. Goodnight lets Melissa fall, but the rope holds her just inches above the ground. She cuts her hand upon impact, drawing in a pack of stray dogs that devour her.

Michael and Zoe grow tired of each other and head back to their rooms, but are attacked by Goodnight. They hide, but Zoe is found when her cell phone goes off. She pleads for help, but Goodnight shoves the phone down her throat, killing her. Christine and Tye decide to stay and try to find Kira, and bump into Michael. When Goodnight finds them, Christine and Tye escape through the elevator shaft, leaving Michael behind, who is violently beaten by Goodnight.

Christine and Tye find Goodnight's lair and Tye creates a distraction, while Christine frees Kira. As Christine tries to open Kira's cage, Tye attempts to fight off Goodnight, but he is electrocuted by his taser before being crushed with a vault. Christine hides as Goodnight returns. Margaret shows up unexpectedly, revealing herself as Goodnight's mother. Margaret tells Kira that she lured Frank back to the hotel to get revenge on him for shooting her son four years ago, and that the prisoners all had to die because they were full of sin, including her. Margaret attempts to shoot Kira, but Goodnight intervenes and kills Margaret by throwing her into a bunch of nails sticking out of the wall.

Goodnight becomes enraged by his mother's death, and decides to kill Kira, but Christine attempts to help her. Goodnight grabs both Kira and Christine's throats, but throws Kira aside and attempts to gouge out Christine's eyes. Michael appears and strikes Goodnight from behind, giving the girls a chance to escape and hide.

Goodnight searches the room they have hidden in, but the three of them catch him by surprise, and push him out of the window. He catches onto the window sill and attempts to grab hold of one of them, but Christine shoves a pipe into his left eye socket. Goodnight falls through the same glass roof that Melissa previously fell through and is impaled through the heart upon impact, killing him. The three survivors leave the hotel.

Cast[edit]

Actors/Actresses Role
Kane Jacob Goodnight
Christina Vidal Christine Zarate
Samantha Noble Kira Vanning
Luke Pegler Michael Montross
Rachael Taylor Zoe Warner
Michael J. Pagan Tye
Penny McNamee Melissa Beudroux
Craig Horner Richie Bernson
Mikhael Wilder Russell Wolf
Steven Vidler Frank Williams
Cecily Polson Margaret Gayne
Tiffany Lamb Hannah Anders
Sam Cotton Young Jacob Goodnight
Corey Parker Robinson Officer Blaine
Annalise Woods Young Girl
Zoe Ventoura Eyeless Woman
Tim McDonald Officer #1
Trent Huen Officer #2
Matthew Okine Officer #3
Jason Chong News Reporter
Greg Skipper Bus Driver
Cameron Ruatta Janitor #1
Philip Wan Janitor #2

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) backing[edit]

Many worldwide members of the press were invited to a red carpet ceremony for the release, which also included various other wrestling superstars. Interviews were given by Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Kurt Angle, Candice Michelle, Chris Benoit, Chris Masters and Rey Mysterio commenting on the movie.

A segment on RAW showed footage from inside the movie theatre while the movie was screening before its release.

Reception[edit]

The film opened on May 19, 2006, and grossed $4,581,233 from just 1,257 theaters. It went on to gross $15,003,884 at the U.S box office on a budget of $8,000,000.[1] The film has received overwhelmingly negative reviews with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 8% overall rating ("Rotten") based on 59 reviews, and a consensus stating "See No Evil is packed with cliches from countless other teen slasher films, making for a predictable, scare-free waste of time."[2]

DVD release[edit]

See No Evil was released on DVD on November 28, 2006. The DVD included audio commentary by writer Dan Madigan, director Gregory Dark, co-executive producer Jed Blaugrund and Kane. The film eventually went on to make $45.16 million in 7 weeks.[3] In Australia, See No Evil was released on Wednesday May 28, 2008.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. David Banner – "X'ed"
  2. Slipknot – "Me Inside"
  3. Cass Fox – "Army of One"
  4. Korn – "Alone I Break"
  5. Cannibal Corpse – "Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead"
  6. Rammstein – "Mein Teil"
  7. Metallica – "Frantic"
  8. American Pearl – "Free Your Mind"
  9. Nuclear Assault – "Living Hell"
  10. Jello Biafra – "The Green Wedge"
  11. Creed – "One Last Breath"

Sequel[edit]

On August 6, 2013, WWE Studios announced a second See No Evil, with Kane reprising his role as Jacob Goodnight.[5] The film will be directed by the Soska Sisters, and will star Chelan Simmons, Katharine Isabelle, Michael Eklund, Greyston Holt, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Lee Majdoub, and Danielle Harris. Filming began on September 23 in Vancouver, British Columbia and ended on October 11, 2013. Originally, the movie was going to be a straight-to-DVD released next year; however, there are rumblings about having a theatrical release as well.

The official synopsis reads: "See No Evil 2 revives the nightmare of the first film when Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead in the city morgue after his killing spree at the Blackwell Hotel. In this ominous, underground locker for the dead, a group of medical students fight to survive as the deranged psychopath once again starts to pick them apart one by one."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "See No Evil – Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "See No Evil". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Movie See No Evil – DVD Sales". The Numbers. 
  4. ^ "See No Evil (2006)". EZY DVD. 
  5. ^ "Kane to star in 'See No Evil' sequel". WWE Website. WWE Studios. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 

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