See No Evil

World Wrestling Entertainment is already wildly popular with its fans. With its larger-than-life characters and complex storylines, taking the action to the big screen seems like an idea long past due. After all, these wrestlers are in essences actors. The Rock has made a relatively successful transition to the big screen, and now WWE is producing movies in house. It's great for synergy, but sad that something like See No Evil would be the first effort from them. See No Evil is a generic horror movie that spotlights Kane as a vicious serial killer with a penchant for gouging eyes. Curiously, in a sport where much of the demographic is young, WWE decided to take the gore to a pretty high level, ensuring an R rating and therefore (theoretically) barring the film from many of Kane's fans.

There's very little setup, and very little payoff. In fact, most of See No Evil feels a bit like a rip-off of Saw II (which isn't that good in the first place) minus the stupid mind games. Director Gregory Dark (who directed music videos before this and porn before that) and screenwriter Dan Madigan throw together a bunch of delinquent teenagers in a crumbling hotel. There's also a quick prologue about how Officer Williams (Steven Vidler) lost his hand trying to save an eyeless woman from a hatchet-wielding maniac. Williams thought he was dead, but lo and behold, years later, he makes another appearance. Does the prologue have anything to do with the plot? Not really.

Dark and Madigan create boring stupid characters that go through all of the typical horror movie motions. They do not even register enough for people to remember their names. Dark simply brings them all together, than has them pair off in order to make it easier for Kane to come to kill them all. Kane's character is also a bit problematic. Horror movies like this work because of charismatic bad guys. Kane has the build and the look right. He's hulking, muscular, pale, and psychotic. However, he has zero personality, and one or two lines. Why bother putting a wrestling star into a movie if he does nothing else but crash through walls? Kane merely appears, impales somebody with a hook, gouges an eye out, then leaves. It is repetitive and surprisingly dull.

Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.
1 hour, 24 minutes, Rated R for strong gruesome violence and gore throughout, language, sexual content, and some drug use.

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