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See No Evil is a 2006 horror film
Horror film
Horror films seek to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience's most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus frequently overlapping with the fantasy and science fiction genres...

 directed by Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark is an American film director, film producer, music video director, and screenwriter. Dark is one of the few adult film-makers to successfully transition into mainstream Hollywood film-making...

, written by Dan Madigan
Dan Madigan
Dan Madigan is an American television producer, author and screenwriter. He is known for his work in the professional wrestling industry, including writing and producing for WWE Smackdown....

, produced by Joel Simon, and starring professional wrestler
Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling is a mode of spectacle, combining athletics and theatrical performance.Roland Barthes, "The World of Wrestling", Mythologies, 1957 It takes the form of events, held by touring companies, which mimic a title match combat sport...

 Kane
Kane (wrestler)
Glenn Thomas Jacobs is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name, Kane. He is signed to WWE, appearing on its SmackDown brand, but is currently inactive due to injury....

. It is the first major film
Film
A film, also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still or moving images. It is produced by recording photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or visual effects...

 produced by WWE Films and was released by Lions Gate Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation is a North American entertainment company. The company was formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1997, and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California...

 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.

The MPAA
Motion Picture Association of America
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. , originally the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America , was founded in 1922 and is designed to advance the business interests of its members...

 gave the movie an R rating for "strong gruesome violence and gore throughout, language, sexual content and some drug use".

Plot



Police officer Frank Williams (Steven Vidler
Steven Vidler (actor)
Steven Vidler is an Australian actor known for his part in the Scottish–Australian series Jeopardy.-Career:His film credits include The Good Wife where he played "Sugar", the younger brother who 'knew' his brother's wife...

) and his partner Blaine (Corey Parker Robinson
Corey Parker Robinson
Corey Parker Robinson is an American actor. He may be best known for appearing on the HBO program The Wire as Detective Leander Sydnor. He also appeared in Wire creator David Simon's earlier The Corner as R.C., a young drug dealer and in ER in episode 19 of Season 5 as student Antoine Bell...

) enter an abandoned house, only to find a young woman held hostage, her eyes ripped out. Suddenly, Blaine is savagely murdered by an unknown figure with an axe, before Frank is attacked too. Frank manages to fight off the man, 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 -Russell Wolf (Mikhael Wilder), Richie Bernson (Craig Horner
Craig Horner
Craig Horner is an Australian actor who first appeared in the Australian television program Cybergirl. He is best known for his role as Richard Cypher on the television series Legend of the Seeker.-Biography:...

), Christine Zarate (Christina Vidal
Christina Vidal
Christina Abbi Vidal is a former American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Life with Mikey, Brink! , Freaky Friday ,...

), Zoe Warner (Rachael Taylor
Rachael Taylor
Rachael Taylor is an Australian actress and model. She made her leading role debut in the short-lived Australian program headLand. She then made the transition to Hollywood, appearing in the films Transformers, Shutter, and Splinterheads.-Personal life:Taylor was born in Launceston, Tasmania, the...

), Michael Montross (Luke Pegler
Luke Pegler
Luke Pegler is an Australian actor. He has starred in two WWE Films productions: The Condemned with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and See No Evil with Kane. Pegler joined the cast of Rescue: Special Ops in season 2 as Bingo. Pegler's character died when he got hit by a car...

), Kira Vanning (Samantha Noble
Samantha Noble
Samantha C. Noble is an Australian actress who has worked on television series and films. She is currently best known for her role as Jade/Amitiel in Gabriel, and has appeared in several films including See No Evil and .-Personal life:...

), Tyson Simmons (Michael J. Pagan
Michael J. Pagan
Michael Jamon Pagan is an American actor and screenwriter.-Biography:Pagan attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach and West Los Angeles College in Los Angeles. He has received training at the Tasha Smith Acting Studio and the Ivanna Chubbuck Studio...

) and Melissa Beudroux (Penny McNamee
Penny McNamee
Penny McNamee is an Australian actress.- Theatre :Best known for her portrayal of Nessarose in the original Australian cast of Wicked for which she won the 2009 Green Room Award for Best Female in a Featured Role. The show opened on 12 July 2008, in Melbourne where it ran for 13 months, closing on...

)-, to clean up the abandoned Blackwell Hotel in order to turn it into a homeless shelter, as explained by the owner Margaret (Cecily Polson
Cecily Polson
Cecily Polson is an Australian actress, known for her role as Martha O'Dare in the television series E Street having appeared for its four year run from the pilot in 1989 to 1994...

). As the delinquents work, they do not realize that reclusive psychopath, Jacob Goodnight (Kane
Kane (wrestler)
Glenn Thomas Jacobs is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name, Kane. He is signed to WWE, appearing on its SmackDown brand, but is currently inactive due to injury....

) has holed away in the rotting hotel.

Tyson and Richie decide to look for the previous owner's safe, which was never recovered after the fire that broke out in the hotel, while 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, Tyson and Richie discover a dead body. Richie freaks out and attempts to leave, but is attacked by Goodnight, who drags him into an elevator, in front of a terrified Tyson.

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 does not stop and takes Hannah up into the damaged floors of the hotel, where she is swiftly killed by Goodnight, who rips her eyes out. 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
Dumbwaiter
Dumbwaiter may refer to:* Dumbwaiter , a freight elevator or lift between building floors* Lazy Susan, a small rotating table or set of cabinets used for serving food* An auxiliary serving table or cart....

. Christine, Frank and Margaret arrive just as she is assaulted, and Christine informs Frank 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, before bumping into Tyson, who warns them of the man who took Richie. Frank realizes it is Goodnight, before a hook goes through his chin and drags him away, dumping his body in front of Tyson and Christine.

Kira is held hostage by Goodnight, due to her religious tattoos. She awakens in Goodnight's lair, where Richie has been tied up. Goodnight soon appears and gouges Richie's eyes out, before we see a flashback to Goodnight's childhood (being locked in a cage, drowning in the shower, and watching a strapped woman have her eyes removed by his mother), suggesting his killing sprees are owed to religious abuse.

Meanwhile, Zoe, Michael, Russell and Melissa are taking drugs in a penthouse. Soon after, Russell and Melissa leave for some privacy. As the pair make out, 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 by a rope, but Russell is stabbed to death by Goodnight, who then lets Melissa fall. The rope stops her head from hitting the ground, but she hurts her hand on impact, leading a group of stray dogs to devour her.

Zoe and Michael become sick of each other and attempt to go 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 Tyson decide to stay and try to find Kira, and bump into Michael. Goodnight finds them, and Christine and Tyson escape through the elevator shaft, forgetting about Michael. who is violently beaten up by Goodnight.

Christine and Tyson find Goodnight's lair and create a distraction to free Kira. As Christine tries to open Kira's cage, Tyson attempts to fight off Goodnight, but he gets electrocuted by his taser before being crushed with a vault. Christine hides as Goodnight returns. Margaret turns up and unexpectedly reveals herself to be the mother of Goodnight. Margaret tells Kira that she lured Frank back to the hotel to get revenge on him for hurting her son four years before, and that the prisoners all had to die because they were full of sin, including her. Margaret attempts to shoot Kira, but Goodnight kills her by accident, throwing her into a large nail that impales her.

Goodnight becomes enraged by his mother's death, and is about to kill Kira when Christine attempts to help. Goodnight grabs both Kira's and Christine's throats, but throws Kira away and attempts to gouge out Christine's eye. Michael appears and strikes from behind, giving the girls time to hide.

Goodnight searches the room they have hidden in, but the three of them catch him by surprise, sending him out the window to fall to his death. The three survivors escape to freedom, and the credits roll, only to be interrupted by a dog that urinates in Goodnight's empty eye socket.

Cast

Actors/Actresses Role
Kane
Kane (wrestler)
Glenn Thomas Jacobs is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name, Kane. He is signed to WWE, appearing on its SmackDown brand, but is currently inactive due to injury....

 
Jacob Goodnight
Christina Vidal
Christina Vidal
Christina Abbi Vidal is a former American film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Life with Mikey, Brink! , Freaky Friday ,...

 
Christine Zarate
Samantha Noble
Samantha Noble
Samantha C. Noble is an Australian actress who has worked on television series and films. She is currently best known for her role as Jade/Amitiel in Gabriel, and has appeared in several films including See No Evil and .-Personal life:...

 
Kira Vanning
Luke Pegler
Luke Pegler
Luke Pegler is an Australian actor. He has starred in two WWE Films productions: The Condemned with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and See No Evil with Kane. Pegler joined the cast of Rescue: Special Ops in season 2 as Bingo. Pegler's character died when he got hit by a car...

 
Michael Montross
Rachael Taylor
Rachael Taylor
Rachael Taylor is an Australian actress and model. She made her leading role debut in the short-lived Australian program headLand. She then made the transition to Hollywood, appearing in the films Transformers, Shutter, and Splinterheads.-Personal life:Taylor was born in Launceston, Tasmania, the...

 
Zoe Warner
Michael J. Pagan
Michael J. Pagan
Michael Jamon Pagan is an American actor and screenwriter.-Biography:Pagan attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach and West Los Angeles College in Los Angeles. He has received training at the Tasha Smith Acting Studio and the Ivanna Chubbuck Studio...

 
Tyson Simms
Penny McNamee
Penny McNamee
Penny McNamee is an Australian actress.- Theatre :Best known for her portrayal of Nessarose in the original Australian cast of Wicked for which she won the 2009 Green Room Award for Best Female in a Featured Role. The show opened on 12 July 2008, in Melbourne where it ran for 13 months, closing on...

 
Melissa Beudroux
Steven Vidler
Steven Vidler (actor)
Steven Vidler is an Australian actor known for his part in the Scottish–Australian series Jeopardy.-Career:His film credits include The Good Wife where he played "Sugar", the younger brother who 'knew' his brother's wife...

 
Frank Williams
Cecily Polson
Cecily Polson
Cecily Polson is an Australian actress, known for her role as Martha O'Dare in the television series E Street having appeared for its four year run from the pilot in 1989 to 1994...

 
Margaret Gayne
Craig Horner
Craig Horner
Craig Horner is an Australian actor who first appeared in the Australian television program Cybergirl. He is best known for his role as Richard Cypher on the television series Legend of the Seeker.-Biography:...

 
Richie Bernson
Mikhael Wilder  Russell Wolf
Tiffany Lamb  Hannah Anders
Sam Cotton Young Jacob Goodnight
Corey Parker Robinson
Corey Parker Robinson
Corey Parker Robinson is an American actor. He may be best known for appearing on the HBO program The Wire as Detective Leander Sydnor. He also appeared in Wire creator David Simon's earlier The Corner as R.C., a young drug dealer and in ER in episode 19 of Season 5 as student Antoine Bell...

 
Officer Blaine
Annalise Woods  Young Girl
Zoe Ventoura
Zoe Ventoura
Zoe Ventoura is an Australian actress. In early life she attended Penrhos College in Perth, Western Australia. Ventoura is best known for portraying Melissa Rafter in Packed to the Rafters...

 
Eyeless Woman
Tim McDonald
Tim McDonald
Tim McDonald is a former professional American football player who played strong safety in the NFL.-High school:McDonald played high school football at Edison High School in Fresno....

 
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


See No Evil was the first movie to be released by WWE Films.

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
Shawn Michaels
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom , better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American television host and retired professional wrestler. He presents the Outdoor Channel show MacMillan River Adventures, and is currently signed to WWE, where he has served in an ambassadorial role since December...

, John Cena
John Cena
John Felix Anthony Cena is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, and television personality. He is currently signed to WWE as a member of its WWE Raw brand....

, Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle
Kurt Steven Angle is an American professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, and 1996 Olympic gold medalist. He is currently under contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is recognized as a 15-time World Heavyweight Champion...

, Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlich better known as Candice Michelle or just Candice, is an American model, actress, and professional wrestler best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment....

, Chris Benoit
Chris Benoit
Christopher Michael "Chris" Benoit was a Canadian professional wrestler whose career and life ended in a murder–suicide...

, Chris Masters
Chris Masters
Christopher Todd Mordetzky is an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Chris Masters. He is best known for his tenure with WWE.-Early career:...

 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


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. The film has received overwhelmingly negative reviews with Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes is a website devoted to reviews, information, and news of films—widely known as a film review aggregator. Its name derives from the cliché of audiences throwing tomatoes and other vegetables at a poor stage performance...

 giving it 9% overall rating.

DVD release


See No Evil was released on DVD on November 28, 2006. The DVD included audio commentary
Audio commentary
On disc-based video formats, an audio commentary is an additional audio track consisting of a lecture or comments by one or more speakers, that plays in real time with video...

 by writer Dan Madigan
Dan Madigan
Dan Madigan is an American television producer, author and screenwriter. He is known for his work in the professional wrestling industry, including writing and producing for WWE Smackdown....

, director Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark is an American film director, film producer, music video director, and screenwriter. Dark is one of the few adult film-makers to successfully transition into mainstream Hollywood film-making...

, co-executive producer Jed Blaugrund and Kane
Kane (wrestler)
Glenn Thomas Jacobs is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name, Kane. He is signed to WWE, appearing on its SmackDown brand, but is currently inactive due to injury....

. The film eventually went on to make $45.16 million in 7 weeks. In Australia See No Evil was released on Wednesday May 28, 2008.

Soundtrack

  1. David Banner
    David Banner
    Lavell Crump , better known by his stage name David Banner, is an American rapper, record producer and occasional actor. Banner was born in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Southern University. He started his music career as a member of the rap duo, Crooked Lettaz before going solo in 2000...

     - "X'ed"
  2. Slipknot
    Slipknot (band)
    Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995, the group was founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray...

     - "Me Inside"
  3. Cass Fox
    Cass Fox
    Cassandra Fox is a musical artist from England. She is best known for co-writing and singing on the 2001 hit single Touch Me which she produced with Rui Da Silva.-Biography:...

     - "Army of One"
  4. Korn
    Korn
    Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The current band line up includes four members: Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and Ray Luzier. The band was formed as an expansion of L.A.P.D.The band released their first demo album,...

     - "Alone I Break
    Alone I Break
    "Alone I Break" is a song written and recorded by American rock band Korn for their fifth studio album, Untouchables. It was released as the album's third single in November 2002.-Music and structure:...

    "
  5. Cannibal Corpse
    Cannibal Corpse
    Cannibal Corpse is an American death metal band from Buffalo, New York. Formed in 1988, the band has released eleven studio albums, one box set, and one live album...

     - "Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead"
  6. Rammstein
    Rammstein
    Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte band from Berlin, formed in 1994. The band consists of members Till Lindemann , Richard Z. Kruspe , Paul H. Landers , Oliver "Ollie" Riedel , Christoph "Doom" Schneider and Christian "Flake" Lorenz...

     - "Mein Teil
    Mein Teil
    "Mein Teil" is the first single by the German industrial metal band Rammstein from their fourth album Reise, Reise. The song is inspired by the case of Armin Meiwes and Bernd Jürgen Armando Brandes. In March 2001, in Rotenburg an der Fulda, the two men aged in their 40s met each other, cut off and...

    "
  7. Metallica
    Metallica
    Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. The current line-up features long-time lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo ...

     - "Frantic
    Frantic (song)
    "Frantic" is the opening track and second single by heavy metal band Metallica off their 2003 album St. Anger. This song, like many others on St. Anger, is about the band's past struggles with addictions, particularly lead singer James Hetfield's alcohol problem, for which he spent many months in...

    "
  8. American Pearl
    American Pearl
    American Pearl was a hard rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released one studio album through Wind-up Records in 2000 and toured internationally before disbanding two years later.-History:...

     - "Free Your Mind"
  9. Nuclear Assault
    Nuclear Assault
    Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal/crossover thrash band formed in 1984.-History:After the release of Anthrax's debut album Fistful of Metal, bass player Danny Lilker, a founding member of the group, was fired by the band...

     - "Living Hell"
  10. Jello Biafra
    Jello Biafra
    Jello Biafra is an American musician, spoken word artist and leading figure of the Green Party of the United States. Biafra first gained attention as the lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys...

     - "The Green Wedge"
  11. Creed
    Creed (band)
    Creed is an American rock band formed in 1995 in Tallahassee, Florida. Becoming popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the band has released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, one of which has been certified diamond, and has sold over 28 million records in the United States, with an...

     - "One Last Breath
    One Last Breath
    "One Last Breath" is a 2002 single by the band Creed, from their 2001 album Weathered. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and Mainstream Rock charts, as well as #4 on the Billboard Pop chart, and #2 on the Adult Top 40.-Chart...

    "