That’s probably about all the pre-production that went into this paint-by-numbers stalk-and-stab entry.
And for the most part, it’s enough.
A group of misfit misdemeanor offenders from the County Detention Center are assigned a work detail at the formerly swanky, now deserted, Hotel Blackwell.
As is so often the case, they run afoul of a truculent tenant in the massive form of Jacob Goodnight (Glenn Thomas Jacobs) a brutish killer who plucks the eyes from his victims.
Through a series of jittery flashbacks we learn that Jacob’s mother abused the poor lad, making him live in a cage for having the audacity to look at pornography.
Mom’s ranting and raving about “the eyes being the windows to the soul,” inspires the tormented kid to grow into an XXXL and kill loads and loads of people.
Literally, the biggest thing See No Evil has going for it is Glenn Thomas Jacobs, a 7-foot, bald behemoth who doesn’t need special effects to look menacing. Yet, he’s got a passing shades of confusion and sorrow that play across his features from time to time, which makes him just a wee bit sympathetic.
Also, Final Girls Christine (Christine Vidol) and Kira (Samantha Noble, daughter of Fringe‘s John Noble) are both tough as nails and hold up well under extreme duress.
The violence is gung-ho, over the top, and there are some particularly tasty demises, including that of Melissa (Penny McNamee), a hippie animal rights activist who ends up as a screaming plate of kibble for a pack of wild dogs.
There’s nothing especially innovative going on here, but if you’re simply in the mood for some first-rate mayhem, you could do a lot worse.