Actually really looking forward to seeing See No Evil 2!The WWE Studios panel kicked off with panelists WWE Studio President Michael Luisi, See No Evil 2 directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky, and WWE Superstars Glenn “Kane” Jacobs and Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl.
Jacobs said he was interested in returning to the See No Evil franchise for an opportunity to add some depth to the Jacob Goodnight character by exploring his background. “Jacob is a unique character because he’s physically powerful but with a twisted mind. The main thing about horror is that it doesn’t have any boundaries, you can do anything.”
The panel couldn’t go into a lot of detail about the projects, but confirmed that See No Evil 2 takes place in a morgue. The Soskas added that See No Evil 2’s “kills are all very original. It’s stuff you’ve never seen in anything. We get to really develop these characters and make you care for them and then horribly murder them.”
As for Leprechaun: Origins, the film is a fresh start for the franchise. Lipovsky said it’s “a new take on the character and mythology. How do you take this thing that people find so harmless and make it terrifying and make you want to puke?”
He added that he’s not a preexisting fan of Leprechaun, so he came in fresh to the material. Postl admitted he’s never even seen the other films, but the panel agreed that this was a good approach to making a rebooted film.
“I play this happy jovial character on TV and to do a complete 180 and be killing people is great,” added Postl. Luisi confirmed that the movies are going for hard R ratings and would be released at some point in 2014.
The panelists introduced two brief clips from the movies, though they apologized that they couldn’t show the full appearances of either the Leprechaun or Jacob Goodnight.
The Leprechaun: Origins scene featured a young woman in a seedy-looking cabin in the middle of the woods, paranoid that somebody is lurking outside. In a pretty typical horror movie scenario, she cautiously looks outside the window until there’s a jump-scare of a figure brushing past the window. She freaks out and her boyfriend comes out of the other room, telling her to relax. That it’s just a chicken or something. He’s probably wrong.
The See No Evil 2 clip was even slimmer, simply featuring a dead Jacob being wheeled into a morgue as the medical examiners bantered mundane conversation while setting him in position. Suddenly, Jacob spits a wad of blood onto one of their faces.