See No Evil (2006) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 84 minutes - $19.99 || August 11, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-08-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gregory Dark
Writer(s): Dan Madigan (written by)
Cast: Glenn Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael Pagan


Theatrical Release Date: May 19, 2006


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Storyboard-to-Film Comparison
  • Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 7.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Thatís right folks, itís that time again. Welcome to Tyler reviews a horror flick and gives you, YES YOU, the rundown of all the great things that happen in this movie to see if itís your kind of film. I hope it is, and you enjoy it as much as I did, but before we get to that, I need to give you the kill check sheet.

Crazy-psycho-killer with a weird parent? Check.

Stupid people who are unaware they are being picked off one-by-one? Check.

Incredibly hot girls running around with skimpy clothes? Check.

The main chick and the ex trapped in a house with a killer? Check.

Goth girl? Check.

Nerdy kid who gets what he deserves? Check.

Animals eating or devouring one of the teens just because they taunted them earlier? Check.

One of the best horror films to come out in the year 2006? You better believe it, CHECK!

Two cops are investigating a home when they find a girl with her eyes ripped out. One of the cops goes to make a call for help when heís brutally killed by Jacob (Glenn Jacobs). The other cop makes it out alive as he manages to injure Jacob and passes out from the pain that he caused by getting his hand chopped off. We then cut to several years later, were a group of prison inmates are getting ready to serve some community service by helping restore an old hotel. The group includes a bunch of teens whose names donít matter other than Christine (Christina Vidal), Kira (Samantha Noble), and Zoe (Rachel Taylor). Mainly because they are the hot girls in the flick and one of them gets a cell-phone shoved down her throat to kill her. Creepy huh?

There are also some guys, a nerdy one and a bunch of other headstrong guys that donít matter since theyíre fairly stupid and donít really do that much for the flick. Upon arrival at the hotel they learn they are cleaning it up as part of their punishment for their various crimes, which range from assault to assault. They are however unaware of what they stepped into, as the hotel is rumored to be haunted or something like that with a killer named Jacob living there. Oh, and the cop from the start of the movie is for some reason one of the cops that is protecting the kids in the hotel. By protecting I mean heís like the second person to get killed exploring the hotel trying to find the nerdy kid who disappeared. Itís up to the teens who are just in the wrong place, wrong time, to try and survive the night against Jacob and get the heck out of the hotel.

Yes, I loved the crap out of this movie and I donít know why. The plot isnít the best, the characters are, well, not acted that well, but darnet I still loved it. The kills are gruesome, and I was impressed that this was rated R and thought it would be an unrated cut, which is what I was hoping for but didnít mind in the end. All of the kills are brutal enough for horror fans that havenít seen this yet to enjoy. Once again, even Iím starting to creep myself out by saying things like that... sheesh.

There arenít a lot of scares or jump moments in the film, as it relies more on the ďwowĒ factor with its death sequences and torture to impress audiences. Iím not taking off points for that; I took off points for the short duration of the movie because of the fact I wanted more. The action doesnít pick up until about thirty into the movie, but keeps pace the rest of the time. I heartedly recommend this flick if you enjoy horror flicks without too much depth into a plot or character development.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary with Gregory Dark and Dan Madigan: The two discuss more the technical aspects of the movie than anything else, so for film and technical buffs this is the track for you. They banter back and forth and there isnít a lot of dead air, but itís nowhere near as great as the next one.

Audio Commentary with Glenn Jacobs and Jed Blaugrund: Jacobs is hilarious in this track, and points out some neat points of the film. He talks about the fact he thought the cast was literally scared of him because of his height and used it to his advantage to make the scenes seem more real, and in all honesty it worked. This is the track to listen to, as itís not only funny but also interesting to listen to.

The Making of See No Evil (13 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the making of the film, imagine that. Itís insightful, and wrestling fans will enjoy some of this feature.

Journey into the Darkness (3 minutes): This takes a look at how the ďKaneĒ character was formed for the WWE. Once again, wrestling fans will probably like this one unless they already know how he came to be.

Finally, there are some WWE Promotional Spots, trailers and a Storyboard-to-Film Comparison (1 minute).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Demo. Material. Enough said. If youíve read my horror reviews you know that I watch them like a hawk, and I must say, this is one if not the best horror-catalog Iíve seen in a long time. Colors are bright and vibrant for the start of the flick when itís all bright and cheery, and continue to fade as the horror begins in the haunted hotel. Contrast is a smidge of a problem though, as grain overtakes many of the scenes, but in all honesty for once I didnít care. It creates the creepy environment that Iíve wanted in all my scary movies, and as such, as earned my gold star of the year for being a phenomenal transfer for a catalog.

Demo. Material. Seems like Iím repeating myself, and I am, but this English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track does not disappoint in the slightest. Voices are loud and booming, but not to the point where they sound unreal or take over one-another. Dialogue is crisp and clear, and the kill-sequences found in the flick sound freaking awesome! I could literally hear the bones break, the dogs chew, and everything else that came with the kills throughout the movie. Surround usage is constant as my sub never turned off nor did the 7.1 mix not startle me at times. This, like the video, is reference material. The only reason I didnít give it the full five stars is due to a few times when the surround sound did overpower the dialogue slightly, but I really didnít care too much. Yet again, a gold star for a phenomenal audio job for a catalog.



.::OVERALL::.

See No Evil got ripped at the box-office for being just another horror flick, but in all honesty itís a heck of a lot better than most of the crap thatís been coming out recently. As of this writing itís currently $14 on Amazon for a reference-material Blu-Ray in terms of audio and video. Take into account a great slasher flick; this is one to invest in. You need to buy this evil right away, thereís no good reason not to.