Hello all, and welcome to my review of Ouija 2 – Origin of Evil! 😀
Lol, the next chapters of Blades needed a little more time, and it’s late, so here’s an extra movie review! XD Expect Blades tomorrow evening!
Starring: Elizabeth Reaser (Alice Zander), Annalise Basso (Lina Zander), Lulu Wilson (Doris Zander), Henry Thomas (Father Tom), Parker Mack (Mikey)
Plot (taken from IMDb):
“In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.”
Elizabeth Reaser (Alice Zander) – I like her, even though she’s kind of a little at fault here.
Annalise Basso (Lina Zander) – Lol, sassy pants. She’s mouthy with her mom at first.
Lulu Wilson (Doris Zander) – How can a kid be so cute, and yet so damn creepy at the same time. She has these wide, expressive eyes that catch my attention and serve to creep me out further during scary moments. This kid is a good actress.
Henry Thomas (Father Tom) – I just feel bad for this poor guy. It seems like he can’t catch a break.
Parker Mack (Mikey) – lol, totally wrong place at the wrong time. I think he cares about Lina, but I can’t always tell how genuine he is.
Honestly, I should have known better.
If this is the prequel to a movie I’ve already seen – one in which everybody dies – it stands to reason that I already know how this one ends.
And yet, I held out some kind of hope.
That’s not to say this was a horrible movie. It really wasn’t awful, or anything like that. But it’s not my cup of tea.
It got a little too predictable, and fell into some very familiar patterns for this kind of story.
There are a lot of disturbing images in this movie, which make up the bulk of the scares. There’s a lot of dead-looking white eyes, misshapen mouths, abnormal back bends, and twitchy heads.
The story itself is creepy, but relies too heavily on these special effects to carry most of the weight.
That’s a big, fat NOPE right there.
DID I MENTION: NOPE?!?!
They did a really good job of creating some extremely creepy and disturbing movements, for Doris especially. The spirits really focused on her mainly, and used her to hurt others.
There were some minor holes in the plot, however.
The biggest was the ending. In one scene, you see certain characters all together. It seems like they found peace.
And then five minutes later, you see one of them doing something evil again.
For me, this didn’t make sense, considering what I had seen a few minutes before. It kind of made the preceding scene pointless. They may as well have left that one bit of hope out completely.
The ending had less impact for me, mainly because of this issue. The visuals were creepy in the scene right before the credits roll, but again – that’s really about it.
Although I was surprised by that final scare, I don’t think it was for the reasons they intended me to be surprised. I was distracted so much by the inconsistency, because it was a fairly big one, that I was drawn out of the movie, unfortunately.
It really made no sense, and I found myself stuck on that last detail rather than being scared.
My rating for Ouija 2 – Origin of Evil: Meh – Lol, the closer it got to the end, the more I resigned myself to how I knew it was probably going to end. This is not my kind of ending. XD My main problem, however, was that the movie seemed to rely too much on the creepy imagery, and some plot issues got overlooked. Admittedly, I may have noticed this movie’s issues a bit more, since I’m critical of horror anyway. Check this one out if you liked the first Ouija movie, or horror movies about possession in general.
My Rating System:
Epic: This movie is so mind-bogglingly awesome that I may go see it twice. This one will have a place of honor on my shelf.
Cash-Worthy: Good stuff. This will most likely find a place on my shelf.
Not Bad: I liked it. I’m glad I saw it, and it may or may not end up on my shelf at some point. I would say rent it first to be safe.
Meh: Rent it first. You may love it or hate it, but I’m indifferent probably because it’s not my type of movie. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t end up on my shelf.
Emergency Cake: I have an emotional reaction to movies sometimes, especially to tragedies. If a movie makes me sad or angry, sometimes it will stick with me for a while. At these times, only chocolate cake can save me. Chocolate cake makes everything better. No shelf for you. Ever.