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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Taken


10pm (est)   NBC  stars Clive Standen (Vikings)  Jennifer Beals , Gaius Charles   (IMDB)

Taken the tv series is a prequel to the movie series, that made Liam Neeson an action star in his mid-50s.

Its  the origin story of Liam Neeson’s Taken movie character Bryan Mills. to which we meet at 35 years of age, a former  green beret and yes ladies the character is single!  Although it’s a genesis series depicting the evolution of the character, it does take place in present time, and how the hero became the hero, before he had the full ‘particular set of skills’

Star Clive Standen a martial arts master who is best known as Rollo in the History series Vikings first had to shed some of his bulk of Rollo’s 220 pounds before filming.

Besides the trailers I was able to see the opening scene before the premier of the show, and between the two it looked like it was worth a watch (even if you are not in Vikings withdrawal) and a good action show. The first movie was pretty cool but then there were the sequels.

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The Darkness


Image result for The Darkness Movie 20162016   PG-13  Horror Thriller    1:32    Kevin Bacon,   Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz ,  Ming Na Wen, Jennifer Morrison    (IMDB)

 

This was supposedly based on real life events. A malignant spirit  returns with the Taylor family who was vacationing at the Grand Canyon where their autistic son Mike  finds some stones with Native pictographs on them.

Soon after the family returns home  there are some odd occurrences  and their daughter gets ‘sick’. The son sees someone or something he calls Jenny, and of course as usual the un-explainable things escalate

I will give it one thing where I would think to be no suspense there was a bit there, though it was  not to the point of intensity you want to scream or jump if there’s a loud noise. So for that I add a a few points but minus a bunch on the whole native legend part (its something that is over used, that it feels more aImage result for The Darkness Movie 2016 cop out and If a story is based on a building built on a Native Burial ground or some sort of sacred ground, then  it’s just cookie cutter… change the characters names, the setting and they are basically all the same)

Another thing I will give it a points boost for, I don’t remember ever seeing an autistic child portrayed in a movie. Also I thought they didn’t speak,(or very rarely)  but then I met someone that was and he spoke fairly well.

C-

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The Shallows


2016    PG-13  Horror/Thriller     Blake Lively   blu-ray       1:37

What was once in the Deep, is now in the shallows

While surfer Mia is riding waves at a remote beach, ends up stranded aout 20-30 yards away from from shore staled by a great white.

In the trailer, that does not look all that shallow to me, besides if it really were the shallows, the weight of the shark I don’t think would be able to get around especially where the rock and coral formations are. But then I define  ‘the shallows’ at a beach as being up to one’s waist and not past. Which would be about 3-4 feet.

Why does the shark start to stalk her? Because the dumb ass went over to see why all the birds and stuff were making a fuss. Which ended up being the territory of the shark and therefore she brought it on herself. (remember curiosity did kill the cat)

Another thing dumb ass isn’t even wearing water shoes so that if she steps on coral it won’t cut her. Plus she leaves all her stuff on the beach (there are waterproof pouches to keep your phone and ID on you (I have one)

I think they used 2 maybe even 3 beach/water  locations  One being that Exotic beautiful turquoise colored one with the nice landscape. Then there’s another where the water looked dark, more like it was the Atlantic, maybe that was just for the close ups. There is some shark related violence but you don’t see much if any at all, let alone when you do its not that gory.

For some reason no one will seem to tell her what the name of the beach is One says ‘This is Paradise” I can tell they aren’t telling her the actual name. So I guess it’s Shark Beach or Great White Way. Not sure if she ever really learned the real name.

Could they be more cheesey with the close ups of Lively’s ‘bits’ (for those of you without a clue.. her ass and boobs)?!

I’m surprised we didn’t hear an uproar over this from 2Ks quasi-feminists (sorry if you aren’t from the 1960s and burned your bra.. you are not feminist)

Certainly not worth a re-watch its a one and done deal, other than maybe rewinding the ‘Lively’ (yeah couldn’t help with that pun) battle with the shark. I’d say there’s a hole somewhere I can’t place what it was as far as the story goes is missing something. I was surprised however with the end game of the battle and who survived or not. I think will have to give the shark or Lively (not sure which) a nom for the next Avatar Awards as far as the fight goes. I’d say I might be able to see that happening in a Jaws movie  (gods forbid if they ever remake that!)

Thankfully I didn’t see it in the theater There wasn’t much depth to the character as ‘The Shallows’ apparently wasn’t just the title but a warning, but then again when there’s one character for 90-95% of the movie there’s not going to be much character evolution.

Regardless if you saw the ‘Jaws for the next generation’ There is no comparison.  It is NO Jaws not even a microcosm.

NOT . AT. ALL. ORIGINAL.    C     Watch or Order on amazon

 

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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Exorcist (tv)


2016     Fox   Horror Thriller

Geena Davis,Alfonso Herrera,Ben Daniels,Hannah Kasulka,Brianne Howey,Alan Ruck

 

I am lacking in what to say about this. I’ve watched 3 or 4 episodes now (if not more) and like the movie I guess this is a slow burn, either that or its actual crap.

I don’t find any characters to be likable except the girl that is possessed when she’s a being rude or evil. So far unlike other movie to tv series (ahem lethal weapon) this one is at the bottom and not even at the basement level more like subbasement, (for now)

so far the only thing worth watching for is how they can push the shock boundaries and grosss outs. I don’t think I would be surprised if it gets canceled but will if  it gets another season. Geena Davis is almost forgetful as the possessed girl’s mother, however I do feel like she’s hiding something, which  is reveled I thnk in the 5th or 6th episode.

 The gore and violence of the end of the 2nd or 3rd episode on the train, I was surprised they got away with on fox!!

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Haunted Honeymoon (a comedy Chiller)


Image result for Haunted Honeymoon1986  PG  Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner,  Dom Deluise, Jonathan Pryce,

 

Larry Abbot, speaker in the radio horror shows of Manhattan Mystery Theater with his Fiance Vicki. For the wedding they go to the mansion (or is it a palace) where he grew up.  His Psychiatrist uncle shows up at the radio station to cure Larry of his fear which has again come to the forefront sine getting engaged  three weeks ago.

The idea is to  give him a shock therapy, scare the fear out of him! Snakes in your drawers, & the moose was chuckle worthy…  odd happenings around the castle, and greedy relatives who want his inheritance (gee that’s original….)

I wouldn’t exactly call it Haunted or a honeymoon (as they aren’t married upon arriving there or even get married by the middle of the movie) thought that is the name of the story they are performing o the air. There’s 2-3 musical numbers which aren’t annoying (as many come off as with me)  and didn’t recognize Dom Deluise in drag!!!

Wait is Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy of Harry Potter fame)  some sort of relative to Jonathan Pryce? They’ve got the same shaped head and hairline….

a little dated with the styles but I did love the interior sets of the mansion (or whatever you want to call it) and claim Mr. Larry Abnott cured of his neurotic speech defect and exaggerated bursts of fear

C

 

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