There are few things in this life that truly freak me out and one of those things happens to be a Ouija board and the other is evil spirits. So, what happens when you combine those two things into one film, well hopefully a good horror film. For today’s film, I decided to check out the prequel to the 2014 film Ouija in Ouija: Origin Of Evil. For Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser), life hasn’t been easy for her and her girls since the death of her husband. She relies heavily on scamming people during seances to get some extra cash. One day she brings home a Ouija board to add a little something extra to the seances, but what she doesn’t realize is the impact it’ll have when an evil spirit possesses her daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) as a result of it. Now they’ll have to battle the demon inside her in order to save her.The film also stars Annalise Basso (Oculus) as Lina Zander, Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as Father Tom, Parker Mack (The Darkness) as Mikey, Doug Jones (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) as Ghoul Marcus, Chelsea Gonzalez (Criminal Minds) as Gloria, Michael Weaver (Super Troopers) as Roger Zander, and the film was directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush). To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
The only questions I have is who isn’t a fan of Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and who isn’t a fan of Italian horror legend Dario Argento (Suspiria)? Those are definitely the questions I asked when I decided to watch Phenomena for today’s film. Jennifer Corvino (Connelly) is the daughter of a famous Hollywood director who is going to be staying at a school in Switzerland. What the kids at the school do not realize is that even though she is a sleepwalker, she has an amazing ability where she can communicate with insects. That amazing ability will come in handy when a series of murders are occurring near the school as she is asked to use the ability to track down the killer. The film also stars Donald Pleasence (Halloween) as Professor John McGregor, Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red) as Frau Brückner, Fiore Argento (Demons) as Vera Brandt, Federica Mastroianni (State buoni se potete) as Sophie, Fiorenza Tessari (I’ll Do It Tonight) as Gisela Sulzer, Dalila Di Lazzaro (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Headmistress, Patrick Bauchau (A View To A Kill) as Inspector Rudolf Geiger, Davide Marotta (The Passion Of The Christ) as Brückner Son, and the film was directed by Dario Argento. To see the rest of the review, please click here to go to Moshpits and Movies.
In this decade alone, Ed and Lorraine Warren have become figures of the supernatural with films made based on their case files like The Conjuring, A Haunting In Connecticut, and Annabelle. So, it’s safe to say that I was super excited to see that The Conjuring 2 was coming out and hence why I chose it for today’s film. In this film, it’s 1977 and Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) have been on a sabbatical since the events at the Amityville house. They get pulled out of that sabbatical when a strange case comes to them all the way from Enfield, London, England. Things are tough for Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) and her kids as they struggle to get by. Things ill start to get worse when it seems that her youngest daughter Janet (Madison Wolfe) starts to become possessed. The Warrens now have to fly out there to figure out if it’s true or if the girl is faking it. Can they help her or will they leave? The film also stars Lauren Esposito as Margaret Hodgson, Benjamin Haigh (The People Next Door) as Billy Hodgson, Simon McBurney (Body Of Lies) as Maurice Grosse, Franka Potente (Blow) as Anita Gregory, Bob Adrian (Twelve Monkeys) as Bill Wilkins, and the film was directed by James Wan (The Conjuring).
We all know that sometimes horror sequels are never really that good and we usually leave the theaters disappointed. While I still hold the first film in high regards, I really thought that this was a very good film that was just so spooky at times. There were those cheap scares, but they definitely scared me a couple of times. The demon int he film is just spooky as hell and is enough to really give you the creeps. I love how they started out the film at the Amityville house because they sort of explain what Lorraine felt when she was going through the house. I loved the soundtrack to the film which featured a lot of great music from the late 70’s, but I also loved the score to the film. The score to the film was so creepy that it made it worse for you as you waited for something to happen. While some things that the evil spirits did were a little predictable at times, it didn’t bother me because in my opinion this is the best horror film of 2016 so far. What makes it even more scary is that it’s true and it’s from their case files. Stick around to the end of the film because you get a special treat where you actually get to hear the real voice of the evil spirit that they recorded during their visit plus you get to see real pics from the experience. The evil nun in the pic you see was a great antagonist for Lorraine as it puts her faith to the test throughout the whole film. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of horror and these types of cases. I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.