Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Director: Mike Flanagan
Main Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas
Storyline: A young girl gets possessed as her mother runs a front on seances.
Review (Spoils): The story starts as young mother Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) is running a scam with her daughters making fake seances. As we learn her husband has been killed and she is trying to make ends meet. Trouble brews with the young girls as she the teenage one, Lina (Annalise Basso) brings home a Ouija board and Alice starts to play with it. As she plays with it the young daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) becomes the channel between the family the father. Or is it the father?
When the film started, and I saw Elizabeth Reaser my first reaction was dear god here we go. My personal experience with Netflix ‘s Haunting of Hill House ruined my aspect of those actors. Luckily this film redeemed her for me. (God I hated that series…. Its ended like shit…anyways).
There are few things that I liked about the film. First can not go wrong with the late 60s era, love the women outfits and style. The family connection was well written and the back drop worked. The CGI was cheap, but it was not overly done and the effects on Doris was actual not bad, with the wide mouth and eyes. The possible love interest story line was not needed and could have been dropped but the film kept me interested as it has a nice haunting backdrop. Elizabeth Reaser did a really good job playing someone you should not like but at the same time you felt for her. She was sexy but at the same time playing the concerned mother who went too far. But yes the corny black men was a bit much as they haunted from the other side.
Rating: This was a decent horror film for not being well known. I usually get bored of haunting stuff as after a while they become a fad and the same. Elizabeth Reaser did a great job along with the fellow young actresses. I also enjoyed Henry Thomas as the Father. Don’t expect gore or a lot of blood but something along the lines of the other haunting tales of this era. Hats off to Elizabeth Reaser from redeeming herself in my mind from that other horrible series.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Main Stars: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Siegel, Michael Trucco
Storyline: A deaf writer lives alone in the woods is stalked by a killer.
Review (Spoils): Maddie (Kate Siegel) lives in the woods after she went through a bad break up and using the seclusion also to help her with her writing. Maddie has been deaf since she was a young girl who got sick and the complications of that cost her, her hearing. Also, being the woods helps her straighten out the voices of her mother in her head that creates the vision of her novels. What Maddie does not know is that her neighbour next door has been slaughtered and a man with a white mask is taunting her in her house.
This film screams The Strangers meets Wait Until Dark, except there is only one stalker and the actress are deaf not blind. The movie is not bad as it goes back and forth on the main actress trying to live and escape as the stalker goes back and forth torturing her and trying to get everyone that drops by out of the way of his plan. The explanation of why the killer is doing it is kind of dull and not really well rounded except that he is nuts. We have some blood, a cat slaughter, some blood on the glass, a white mask, lots of darkness, stabbings and some silent screams. But the film fell apart near the middle and dragged on. The only part that it picked up again was when the boyfriend of the girl next door showed up and the conversations between the two them started to reveal he was not a cop but the killer to the dude.
Rating: This film stated off really cool and I thought to myself okay finally a fresh film of horror. Instead it started to into just a psycho who wants to kill her because he does not get his way. Lame…. Sure, the film was entertaining but do not expect anything surprising with this film. Kate Siegel was actually really good and was the only reason to keep watching as she played the character well.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Main Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackoff, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan
Storyline: Family is torn apart by an evil haunting that follows an ancient mirror.
Review (Spoils): The Russell family move into a new home and everything is great for the family of four. The husband is a workaholic and locks himself in his ground floor office as his wife drinks to herself. The young kids pay and try and to survive as the family is slowly falling apart. However, it is a family affair that is happening or is there an evil woman ghost in the ancient mirror located in his office. The movie than moves to the future when the young kids are older and trying figure out if the mirror really is the issue or was it all in their minds.
As silly, it sounds above its not. The film plays back and forth on the current children after the fact of what happen and flashes from the past. The mirror becomes a focal point but at the same time, maybe it all really did not happen as they perceived or remembered. Lots of ghostly images and arguments on trying to solve the past with the siblings. The movie has some nice red blood, glowing eyes, some jump parts, nasty fingernails, swinging pikes and a really make you cringe lightbulb scene. Oh and really old black mirror that is possessed.
Rating: One way to explain this film is Butterfly Effect meets Amityville Horror. The acting in this film for the whole cast is really well done and I have to admit this film hooked me in once the siblings were arguing about what really happened. Something also about Karen Gillan is attractive and held my attention and her connection with her brother Brenton Thwaites was awesome. I do recommend this film and I was not disappointed by it.