SEE NO EVIL
The sole novelty selling point that See No Evil has is that the hulking killer is played by Kane, more mundanely born as Glenn Jacobs, one of the top wrestlers with the WWE. Notedly, the principal producing company of See No Evil is WWE Films, while WWE CEO Vince McMahon is listed as an Executive Producer. Formed in 2002, WWE Films is a subsidiary intended to spin the popularity of the wrestling characters out into feature film roles. They have made a surprising number of works, including The Marine (2006), 12 Rounds (2009) and The Reunion (2011) starring John Cena, The Condemned (2007) with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Knucklehead (2010) with The Big Show, Inside Out (2011) with Triple H, as well as Leprechaun: Origins (2014), a revival of the 1990s series starring 45 wrestler Dylan Postl, even animated films that cross WWE wrestlers over with The Flintstones and Scooby Doo.
In all regards, See No Evil is a routine slasher film. It is more professionally made than its 1980s counterparts where the filmmaker have actually travelled to Australia and built the interior of the hotel there as a set. The cast get mildly more characterisation than the average slasher film but the plot never does anything out of the ordinary. Steven Vidler, for instance, is set up as the Cop With a Past who must confront the killer to obtain closure only for his character to be killed off well before the end. For all his star billing, Kanes performance is limited to being no more than a hulking monosyllabic presence, no different than any of the other stuntmen that inhabit the hockey mask in the Friday the 13th sequels.
There is a promisingly brutal opening where cop Steven Vidler and partner enter a house, only for the partner to get an axe in the head, Vidler his arm severed and the surviving woman found with her eyes gouged out. However, outside of maintaining a moderate level of brutality, Gregory Dark fails to offer much in the way of style. The film only seems to have brutality and gory despatches going for it and these end up being nothing terribly standout. There is the occasional scene like where bitchy Rachael Taylor is hiding in a cupboard but is given away by her cellphone ringing whereupon Kane grabs the phone and forces her to swallow it. Or where Penny McNamee does a Suspiria (1977) and is dropped through the glass roof of an atrium and left dangling on the end of a rope inches from the floor where a broken bone pokes through her skin and the dog from the hole in the wall comes and starts licking up the blood, followed by a whole pack of other dogs that promptly devour her.
See No Evil 2 (2014) was a sequel directed by the Soska Sisters and featuring a return performance from Kane.