Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Alexis G. Zall, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Supernatural horror prequel directed and co-written by Mike Flanagan in which the story is set in 1965 LA. We follow widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Lina and Doris Zander (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson) who run a scam séance business. When they add a new stunt to bolster their business they unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home and the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit. This small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Verdict: Since the first movie to me just did not work, I was going into movie thinking that this is just going to give us some more of the same thing, especially since the trailers hadn’t really impressed me that much. Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise, as it gave us a good scary story that was very well executed with good performances. It may not break any new grounds, and it’s certainly no Conjuring, but it makes up for it in creepiness, which is what you want from horror movie like this. I think the fact that it’s a period piece really helps it and it certainly sets it apart from the original movie.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 23)
[Alice is doing a séance with two clients]
Alice Zander: Mary, we invite you into our circle. If that’s you blow out the candles.
[suddenly the candles go out]
Male Client: Oh, my God.
[suddenly Lina bursts through the curtains in the dark and scares off the clients]
Female Client: This is a scam!
[after scarring off their clients]
Alice Zander: We do not attack the clients.
Lina Zander: She deserved it, mom!
Alice Zander: It’s your job to stand at the curtain and not attack the clients.
[opens up the cupboard where Doris is hiding]
Doris Zander: What’s a scam?
Alice Zander: [to Doris] We help people, we give them closure.
School Girl: [to Doris] You are so weird.
[referring to Doris]
Alice Zander: Does she have a lot of problems?
Priest: It’s nothing too concerning.
[referring to the Ouija board]
Doris Zander: What’s this?
Alice Zander: A Ouija board, for work.
[using the Ouija board]
Alice Zander: Spirit can you hear me?
[Doris hears something in whilst sat in her room and answers]
Doris Zander: Yes, we can. And we can see you.
Lina Zander: Who are you talking to, Doris?
[Doris turns to look at Lina in confusion]
Doris Zander: What?
[playing with the Ouija board]
Doris Zander: Daddy, are you there?
[looks through the planchette lens ]
Doris Zander: Who are you?
[suddenly gets possessed]
Alice Zander: Your sister’s taking you to school today.
Doris Zander: I don’t want to go!
[she slams her hands on the table in anger]
Doris Zander: I’m going to stay here and talk to my friends.
Priest: Did you see her writing this?
Alice Zander: No.
Priest: Because it’s Polish.
Alice Zander: Doris, who did this?
[Doris, Lena and Alice are sat at the Ouija board]
Alice Zander: What friends?
Doris Zander: I’ll show you. Are you here?
[the planchette moves towards the answer “yes”]
Alice Zander: [to Lena] Something is happening that we can’t understand.
Priest: [to Alice] I’m concerned about your girl.
Alice Zander: What’s this about, Father?
Priest: The spirit world is dangerous. By using the board you’ve opened up a portal.
[referring to the sprits; to Alice]
Lina Zander: They were watching us all those years.
Doris Zander: Want to hear something cool?
Lina’s Boyfriend: Sure.
Doris Zander: Do you know what it feels like to be strangled to death? First you feel the pressure in your throat, then you start to taste something very sour in your mouth, then it’s like someone lights a match right in the middle of your chest, and then that fire grows, it feels your lungs and your throat and all the way behind your eyes. Then the last thing you feel is cold.
[Lina’s boyfriend looks at Doris in confusion and horror; Doris smiles]
Doris Zander: Goodnight, Romeo.
Lina Zander: Something is wrong with Doris!
Alice Zander: She is experiencing something amazing!
Priest: I believe she is channeling powers we do not understand.
Lina Zander: Doris! Are you there! Are you there!
Lina Zander: It’s just a game.
[referring to Doris]
Alice Zander: Where is she?
Father Tom Hogan: She’s part of the walls now. And she told me the most wonderful, awful things.
Alice Zander: Let her go. Speak to me. I’m a vessel – I can help you.
Doris Zander: [possessed] She’s a better vessel.
Alice Zander: What do you want from her?
Doris: [possessed] Voice.
Alice Zander: Take mine. You can cut it out for all I care, but you leave my girls alone. Let them go! Take me!
Doris Zander: [possessed] We’ll take all of you.
Alice Zander: [crying] I just wanted to be able to talk to Daddy again. I just wanted you to be able to talk to Daddy.
Doris Zander: [possessed] He’s gone. He lives in the dark and the cold, and he screams, and screams, and screams.
Total Quotes: 23