Ouija Origin of Evil


2016, PG-13, horror, thriller, 1:39,  Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso

set in what seems to be the 1960s  a fatherless family pays the bills by holding seances and palm readings. The mother does the psychic thing while the daughters when not in school, help push the point across.

The mother comes across the new ‘game’ in a store and brings a board home to use as one of her tools. (You are NOT supposed to use them in your home!!!) The youngest starts talking to ‘a friend’ which is never good, even when she thinks her dead dad tells her how to help save them from losing the family house. After this she stops going to school as she’s the one the board works for best.

Once things hit the fan when the older sister finds little sis scribbling on paper on the floor of her room to her right while looking to her left, the sister (I guess its the morning after) finds the papers sticking out from under the bed when she gathers the girl’s things. She gives them to the priest (which I guess is the principal of the school) to find out what they say as they are written in Polish.

I think somehow the story that was told about this family was ‘fudged’ a bit. Of course it’s been awhile since I watched the original movie but something about the story of these 3 didn’t sound right. Also unlike the first which was a little creepy this was not even eerie or anything remotely ‘scary’

D

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Lights Out


2016  PG-13 1:21  Horror  Teresa palmer, Billy Burke, Maria bello, Eric Heisserer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia

Well its not the most original as in a sense Diana reminds me of the Insidious demon and something else that has yet to come to mind. I’m wondering if this is based on some Japanese horror movie one for me it sort of feels like it and 2 there’s a picture with Diana who’s hair is covering her face and she has a parasol.

We get a bit of back story all I will say is she had a skin condition. The mother is mental the daughter is estranged because of Diana  and

So as I like to and being the name of the movie is lights out… I left mine off to watch.

So I’m watching the movie and its got to be at least 15 minutes in and at most 45  and all of a sudden my door flies open, then I see this black thing moving on the floor! For a second I did feel spooked, but that’s my black cat! her perfect timing (this cat actually makes me scream when she’s in crazy mode and runs past me sometimes just meowing.

Also many try sneaking up on me and scaring me and doesn’t work, the cat meows and I don’t know she’s there… I jump (go figure!)

anyway so I’ve never been scared of the dark that I can remember (other than when I’ve scared myself) Other than that little creep out by my cat the movie isn’t scary (I have nightmares worse than this and I laugh t those)  Heck I have had a boyfriend and some cousins scarier than this!

I will say that Diana reminded me of some water logged character the way the hair was…

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Holidays


2016   NR   1:45  Anthology/Horror    ( IMDB info)

It may not be rated but I give it a Pg-13 to an R rating from what I’ve seen.

starring  (well the notables anyway)  Seth Green, Harley Quinn Smith, Michael Gross, Ashley Greene, Jocelin Donahue

Each of the movie shorts, end with a card and the writer or director’s name on it.

 

Are you one of those people sick of the same Holiday specials every year? Maybe for some reason you just hate the holidays, (or certain ones) well this is a derogatory gesture to those holidays. I’m not usually keen on short stories because a lot of times they do not seem to be fully told, as if the beginning and or middle or maybe the middle and the ending are cut off.  However in this there are a few that I quite liked.

If you ever saw the ABC’s of Fear, think of this as the ABC’s of the holidays or as Holidays of fear!

The  movie started with a swim team during practice and some mean fake blonde  picking on some girl max or as she calls her ‘Maxi pad’. The blonde bully and her cohorts shouldn’t talk cause they are nothing to be picking on someone about as they are not all that themselves. With her pale splotchy face, fake blonde hair, or those scary eyebrows. One of her entourage looked like she’s from a Horror  movie…oh wait this is… I mean a horror version of Dazed and Confused.

Max has a crush on her swim coach for some reason, which besides the mean girl I’m not sure which is supposed to be scarier. We find out it’s (almost?) Valentine’s day and Max decides to get an extra special valentine to her coach. I’ll leave it at that. This one I did like  but I think was half way or almost finished before we find out what holiday we are watching.

Why didn’t it start with New Years though?

then we visit a classroom for St. Patrick’s Day with some creepy tree craft. Yes I know St. Patrick supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland and all that but this fell flat for me. This one for me was a lame duck, skip it.

Now the Easter one was an nice interesting twist as to why you should be asleep when the bunny comes. It’s also a bit scary in the end. No one is supposed to see nor has ever seen the Easter Bunny. The little girl has no problem with the bunny it seems, but Jesus coming back she seems terrified about… (I don’t blame her… I don’t like zombies either).Her mom explains you are not supposed to be up when the Easter bunny comes, while explaining to her that it’s the day Jesus rose etc. One of the girls anxieties is what if she wakes up at night or needs a glass of water? Her mom tells her that’s ok.This short is the reason you shouldn’t be up when the bunny (or really any gift giving icon of the holidays) comes. Apparently Jesus is the Easter Bunny but looks a bit like a cobra with the ears down like that. This was one of my favorites of the anthology.

Mother nature is a bitch, and this proves my point. Mother’s Day Forget not being able to get preggers, this one is over fertile no amount of birth control or condoms seem to help! Now that is truly terrifying.

While on Father’s day  a tape recorder shows up on Carol’s stoop. It’s her father who disappeared or something when she was little and there’s instructions for her to find him.  Not impressed with this one but suspenseful

I enjoyed the  vintage holiday cards they showed after each short, it also mentioned  who the writer and/or director was.

Halloween was quite amusing, I think the ladies will like this one best. It’s a little funny in a sense but All I’ll say is webcam witches and payback as a hint. Definitely another fave highlight of the anthology    :::evil laugh:::

Now Christmas had me laughing for one reason… you know that Samsung VR thing that was out for the 2016 holidays? Well Seth Green is out to buy a gift (last minute the freaking idiot)  and because he was too late, someone else got what and he wanted to get his kid. Which were UVU glasses (so this made me think of the Book and soon to be movie ready Player one)  anyway you hear about holiday shopping and people having riots etc. (Heck mom had to get my Cabbage Patch Kid from the back of the store, I think you got a voucher or something from inside or when you pre-ordered and this helped control the crazies or something)  Anyway this is what the movie reminds me of and that finding a holiday gift (heck just getting out of the store) can be a real killer! It’s not just that but a reminder to always put that sleep timer on your electronics in case you are called away and there are nosy bodies around. This one was ok… and the story end up being in a sense another Samsung VR commercial.

Then there’s the New Year with a last minute date the character finds from Craigslist or some some online site. Well I saw where this was going in an instant… my question was which is the one that is gonna chop up the other? And y

So as I said it’s sort of like the ABC’s of Fear just with the holidays instead. It’s just too bad they use the most popular ones, but then again there’s already a movie titled Krampus, but too bad they don’t use Yule as well. as it does pre-date Christianity and most of the symbols (if not all) of ‘Christmas’ are actually Pagan!

 

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House


2008  R 1:28  adaptation, Horror   Reynaldo Rosales, Heidi Dippold, Michael Madsen

Tag line –  “The Guilty cannot Hide”   IMDB

I was actually looking for the old movie House from I think the 1980s (here’s a trailer for the sequel to it)

now back to ‘OUR’   House   review

Based on the Ted Dekker and Frank (can’t make out my writing) best seller.

Recovering from their daughter’s death and the stress  nearly breaking their marriage, Jack & Stephanie Singleton go on a spontaneous roadtrip. Their car breaks down  in a remote area  and there’s another car there as well and in the pouring rain go for help and happen upon an Inn.

Have you ever felt like you are pretty sure you didn’t see the movie you are watching but at the same time swear you have seen it?  They meet another couple that have already arrived and are still looking for whoever runs the inn.  The family or caretakers of the inn are creepy, I mean I think I would feel more comfortable with the Mansons, definitely would be comfortable with the Addams Family. There’s someone stalking them outside the house, its supposed to be a previous officer who supposedly killed his wife, so the family locks down the house, no one should get and and definitely NOT get out. So now there’s a rush to not only get rid of the one that is attacking the house, but also find a way out and get away from the family members as well.

 

Wel there’s a twist ending but I called it in the first 5-15 minutes In! and still not sure if I ever saw it but really seems familiar!

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The Hallow


Image result for The Hallow2015, NR (Not-rated)  1:37, Horror

Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton

 

We start in a beauitfuly creepy  wooded area. A conservationist and his family move to a secluded Mill House in Ireland. Upon surveying some of the forest’s trees, he happens upon some ruins, which holds a deer carcass. He he finds some black gooey tar looking substance.

Hallow be their name

and blessed be their claim

If you who trespass put down roots

Then Hallow be your name

-The book of Invasions C.1150

The forest belongs to the Hallow, the Fae (like fairies, banshees) or as some have called them, baby stealers. They take your child and leave a changeling in it’s place. This looks just like your child, but there are some ways to tell them apart.

 

It was a different story of sort, at least this is one of a few  if any I’ve seen to do with the fae. I do like watching foreign films, especially more so when I don’t have to read subtitles! (and no, I don’t like the english dubbing) So this I enjoyed in that sense. Also it was spooky and errie which is good, I don’t say that often enough about a movie. Not enough of movies have the air of what they are supposed to be portraying.

There’s not much I can say lest I ruin the whole thing. Remember unlike American Horror movies that usually get to the point, or try to force that sense of fear, horror etc upon you; Foreign movies build up they are more story oriented than big thrills.

C

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Hellraiser: Hellseeker


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2002  R  1:29  Dean Winters, Ashley LaurenceDoug Bradley (as Pinhead)

Trevor is suffering from terrifying hallucinations  after losing his wife and memory in a car crash. These vision threaten the man’s grip on reality.

This is more a mystery than horror in my point of view. I’d say the more memories that come back to him, the more crazy he gets yet still doesn’t remember. Plus he has to deal with being a suspect, as his wife’s body was not found in the car after the crash. There are times I think that the audience isn’t supposed to be able  to tell if its ‘reality’ or an hallucination.

I miss the days seeing the criminals and those who messed with the puzzle box were turned into cenobites. I  always wondered why they were called that and not just demons, because frankly they are that. Plus the fact Hellraiser is the series, so wouldn’t Pinhead as the lead cenobite really be the devil incarnate and the others just his demons?)

Another reason why I wonder they were called that is because cenobite, sounds more like a kilobite megabite etc. maybe ceno = Century bite, either that or some sort of robotic parasite.

We get flashes in his halucinations of some of the cenobites  but they are not really satisfying for the longtime fans of the series. I remember in one of them identical twins cops were made into a twisted conjoined twins.  Will Trevor be turned in to a cenobite, some sort of guppy maybe?  These later installments make me sad as they are not made as well as they once were I just beg hollywood, PLEASE if there is any remake/reboot of the franchise DO NOT LET Rob Zombie have anything to do with it.

D

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The Conjuring 2


2016      R       2 hours   Patrick Wilson,Vera Farminga, Frances O’Connor, Franka Potente,Maria Doyle Kennedy

Zi Approved MOVIE

Grab the popcorn and candy, Turn off the lights, pull the shades and and get comfy for a veritable spook~

We open in 1976 while Ed & Lorraine Warren are investigating the Amityville House, where Lorraine not finding any proof the haunting there is real, but has a vision of a warning for elsewhere!

A year later in Edinfield, England around the holidays a single mother and her 4 children are living in what looks like a dark, moldy old home.  One of the kids is being bullied for having a stutter, and the house well… everything seems to be breaking. To add to their problems, Janet the younger daughter and her friend made a Ouja Board and she brings it home. She tries to contact any spirits there, but gets no answer. Come on any house in England has got to have something that goes bump in the night, right? She puts the board away under her bed and forgets about it.

Janet starts waking up not knowing how she got there, and just thinks she’s sleep walking…Motvision seal of approval

The build up of the story was a good one, it wasn’t where it was boring or felt too slow, and man you could cut it with a knife! The movie was creepy, un-nerving and even scary! You felt the frustration of the family and maybe even a little of the hopelessness they felt. And wait was that Marylin Manson as the Nun?  Nope it wasn’t.. Good job  to you though you made me glad I never went to Catholic School, though I did go to CCD and only had one little old Nun who was a sweetie!

I was also a bit upset and Nervous as it seemed there Ed would die in this, but I thought why would you kill him off only in the 1st sequel? (I could understand maybe a 4th or 5th movie) but anyway the deal is with that on the table you feel he will now as for whether or not he did…. I’m not going to spoil it one way or the other!

Another thing was… The make-up for the nun was scary and as for our urban legend in the closet… I won’t ruin it… kinda reminded me of Jack Skellington in a way only with the actual ability to scare!  I am sorry I missed it in the theater! But I Figured like the insidious sequel (part 2) it was going to just be lame and unmemorable. I do hope they make a 3rd of this one as I know there’s already an Insidious 4 in the works or so I’ve heard.

Oh and Patrick Wilson doing Elvis and singing to the song… nearly had a tear in my eye…

This is the first NON-comic movie I’ve seen this year (In theater or of any genre I rented) I can say is the BEST! of the year!

A             Bring on  a Part 3!!!

I think that was the creepiest spookiest Horror movie I’ve seen since The Babadook!

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