Monday, January 23, 2017

The Initiation Movie Review 445

The Initiation is a 1984 horror movie directed by Larry Stewart and starring Daphne Zuniga, Vera Miles and James Read.

Kelly Fairchild(Zuniga) is in college and she is going to join a sorority. She and her pals want to be in the sorority and they have to be pledges and go through an initiation first. The sorority sisters have a challenge for them and one of them Megan is a real bitch. She tells Kelly that she and her pals have to break into Kelly's dads department store and steal the night watchman's uniform and bring it to her.
There is a side story about patients breaking out of a mental institution. Kelly's parents, Frances(Miles) and her husband Dwight(Clu Gulager) are called by the institution to let them know and this hints that there is something fishy going on.

Meanwhile, at college, Kelly meets Peter(Read) who is a graduate assistant and she tells him about her weird dreams. He is interested in delving into it and he asks her to come to his small lab where he can run some tests. Her mother isn't too happy about Kelly telling Peter about her nightmares and she tells her that she should stay away from him. Kelly won't do it. She heads off to break into the department store. Her dad, Dwight, gets killed as he goes out to his car. The three pals go to the store and meet Megan who tells them that they have to do it in an hour. What they don't know is that the night watchman is dead. He has been killed. They think that he is in the store somewhere and Kelly goes to get a spare uniform to give to Megan.

Megan has ideas of her own and she gets two guy friends to scare the girls. So, this begins the killings which always happen in these movies. The girls begin to get killed and the guys too. The killer is prowling around in the store, killing at will. Kelly ends up being the only one left. Peter has been investigating Kelly's dreams and he sees an article about a guy called Jason Randall who is actually Kelly's real dad. He came home and saw his wife Frances with Dwight and there was a fight. Jason got burned and Kelly witnessed it all and that is why she can't remember her past. Her dad ended up in the institution while Dwight married Frances and pretended that he was her dad. Messed up!!! Of course, now we know why Frances got a phone call from the place. Jason is on the loose!!!

Back to Kelly and she tries to escape the killer who is stalking her. She sees Jason and she thinks that he is the killer and they end up on the roof where they have an argument.She ends up pushing him off and he dies. Peter arrives and sees Kelly but it isn't Kelly. It is her twisted twin who has broken out of the institution too(Yes this is the plot!!!) She stabs Peter and then she tries to kill Kelly. Jason had been following the twin and trying to cleaning up after her. Frances turns up and shoots her dead. Peter gets taken away and Kelly is left to look at her mother and wonder what the hell is going on.

This was a fun movie. I liked it. The plot had some twists and turns and the ending was a bit silly, but all in all, it is an entertaining 80's slasher movie and one that I had not seen until recently. If you enjoy slashers, like me, then this is a good way to spend an hour and a half. It is watchable and there are some good scenes in the department store as the kids get killed. This is worth a look if you like the sound of it. I recommend it. I will give it a 5/10.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ouija:Origin Of Evil Movie Review 444

Ouija:Origin of Evil is a 2016 horror movie sequel directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Elizabeth Reaser and Henry Thomas.

In 1965, a woman called Alice Zander(Reaser) is a medium but she is a fake. She works with her daughter Lina(Annalise Basso) to set people up. She doesn't think that she is doing anything wrong.
She has a younger daughter called Doris. Alice decides to buy a Ouija board and this starts the trouble. Alice wants to use to board to help her clients, but Doris uses it and starts to communicate with a spirit who she thinks is her dead father. It isn't. Doris learns that her mother needs money and she asks the board. The board directs her to the basement where there is a hole with a lot of money hidden in the wall. She gives the money to her mother and tells her that it is her dead father trying to help them. Her mother starts to believe it and she uses Doris in her readings to contact the spirits.

Unfortunately, the spirit that is inside Doris is not her dad. It is some evil spirit and Doris begins to act differently. She looks evil and she is writing things in polish which Lina sees. Lina goes to the principal of her school, Fr.Tom(Thomas) and tells him what is going on. She hands him some pages written by Doris in Polish and he tells her that he will get them translated for her. He calls around to the house for a reading as he lost his wife before he became a priest. Doris knows things about him as she can read his mind. He figures out that if he blocks out things in his mind, she doesn't know them.
He takes Alice and Lina to another room to discuss the writings that he has had translated. Doris knows that something is going on.SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!

Lina's boyfriend calls to the house and meets Doris. She leads him down to the basement and he gets possessed too. He hangs himself in the house. Alice, Lina and Fr. Tom are horrified. Fr. Tom tells them that the writings are from a Polish man who was experimented on by an evil Nazi doctor. The spirits are the people who were experimented on. They have been in the house since Alice and her husband moved in. When the three see Lina's boyfriend hanging, they think that there is something wrong with Doris and Alice burns the Ouija board. Fr Tom hears Doris calling and he climbs through a hole to find her. What he discovers is a room where the experiments were held. He sees Doris there and he gets possessed and tries to kill Alice. He can't do it and Doris kills him. Lina realises that she needs to sew up Doris' mouth to stop the spirits. Doris is going to kill Alice, but Lina gets her on the ground and sews her mouth shut, killing her. She gets possessed momentarily and stabs Alice. Alice dies after seeing her husband and Doris waiting for her.

Lina ends up in a mental institution and she is not alone. She makes herself a Ouija board and calls Doris to come to her. She does so. The doctor is looking in at Lina and doesn't see Doris coming towards him. There is a post credit scene here which shows an old Lina played by Lin Shaye who is still in the institution. She is told that she has a visitor and this links up with the first movie.

What to say about this movie....I like movies about Ouija boards. They can be great fun, but this wasn't. I had high hopes for this, but it was disappointing in the end. It was too slow. The story wasn't great and it was SO predictable. It is a pity because it could have been so much better, but it just seemed as if nothing happened for the first half of the film and when it did, it was nothing new. These bigger budget horror movies can be so bland and frankly boring sometimes. I didn't hate it, but it could have been a lot better. I will give it a middle of the road 5/10.
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