Two things become clear when you are watching slasher movie “See No Evil 2.” First, Canadian directors Jen and Sylvia Soska really know what they are doing. Second, they really enjoy what they are doing. In addition to some very gory and rather creative kills, the movie has a wickedly dark sense of humour. It is easy to imagine the cast and crew having a great time once the cameras stopped rolling and the blood stopped flowing.
Set on the same night as the first “See No Evil,” which saw psychopath Jacob Goodnight (WWE wrestler Kane) massacre a group of delinquents at a disused hotel, the sequel follows a group of friends at the city morgue. Amy (Danielle Harris) is working the graveyard shift with her co-worker Seth (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) and their wheelchair-bound boss Holden (Michael Eklund). Since it’s Amy’s birthday her friends drop by to throw her a surprise part with plenty of drinks in hand.
It’s a very nice gesture, and apart from a small spat with her over-protective brother Will (Greyston Holt), Amy should have a great night. That is until the mother of all party crashers arrives in the form of the late Jacob Goodnight who died in the ambulance after the massacre at the hotel. Except, either the paramedics attending him are the worst paramedics in the world or maybe hell decided to spit him out, but the guy is not quite dead. His body is delivered at the morgue and he decides to wake up during what could be best described as a really inopportune moment for Tamara (Katharine Isabelle) and her boyfriend Carter (Lee Majdoub).
So the group is now stuck in a morgue with a seven-foot mass murderer who is very angry and has gotten his hands on enough sharp instruments to open his own butcher shop. No reason to panic, they could just call the cops right? That would be a great idea if it weren’t for the fact that in the morgue all phones are locked in a safe and the person who knows the combination quickly becomes indisposed. As for the landlines and emergency exits, Goodnight takes out the power and proceeds to lock the doors with chains. This guy really doesn’t want to be disturbed when he’s working.
The thing with the cell phone is an example of how the filmmakers know this is territory that has been covered before and are having fun with it while also respecting it. These characters are keenly aware of what they should do in this situation, such as not splitting up, but they end up doing it anyway because it is very difficult not to panic when there is a giant maniac chasing you with a knife specifically designed to cut people open.
When Goodnight does catch up to his victims and proceeds to do what he does best, you truly feel for them because the first act did a very good job of letting you know who these people are. The MVP is Katharine Isabelle’s Tamara who has a ghoulish fascination with serial killers and decides to do unmentionable things in the room where the corpses are kept. Flashback scenes also lets you know who Jacob Goodnight is and you realize he was doomed to become who he is because of his upbringing, but it’s still no excuse to butcher a bunch of innocent people.
The Soska Sisters make very good use of their location’s creepy corridors and dark basement, and are not shy with letting the blood flow. Slasher movie fans will definitely appreciate the love they have for the genre and the way they play with your expectations, especially with that gut-punching ending.
(“See No Evil 2” is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD)