Blu-ray Invasion – Week of January 24th
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale in 1967 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 the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
A sequel to one of the weakest horror films of the last few years wasn’t what anyone was asking for, so depending on if you’re a glass half full or empty kind of person, this movie either had a lot going for it or against it. Luckily, this was in the hands of Mike Flanagan, who with Netflix release Hush, proved that he can handle horror more than effectively. Ouija: Origin of Evil has a fantastic child lead and as far as horror movie kids, she could handle her own against some of the best scary kids. It won’t light the world on fire, but if a pleasant surprise is something you’re looking for, this is worth a QUEUE
DEATH RACE 2050
It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.
Roger Corman is a legend in this industry, and if you grew up on his movies, and the thought of a new Roger Corman excites you, just rewatch his old movies. This is a legacy destroying vehicle that serves little, if any, purpose. Visually, it’s a good looking movie and there are a good amount of extras, but that is a lot of effort for a very, very bad movie. Skip It
COME AND FIND ME
David and Claire’s idyllic relationship comes to an abrupt and mysterious end after Claire disappears without a trace. Devastated but incapable of letting go, David follows her trail down a frantic and increasingly dangerous path. Shocked at discovering Claire was living a double life, he’s made to risk everything if he ever wants to see her again.
Fans of Aaron Paul will appreciate this film because if nothing else, he’s proven that he will always turn in a great performance. Luckily this movie as a whole is pretty good around his great performance. Parts of the plot are a little convoluted and any misstep could be attributed to rookie mistakes for a first time director, but this is plenty enjoyable and worth a watch. There are some interviews and a commentary as extras, but you’re here for Aaron Paul, he’ll deliver the goods. QUEUE IT
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.
There are times where it must be said that a great cast does not always equal a great movie. Even more rare are the times where a good cast, and good performances don’t quite make for a good movie. Sadly, this is one of those that somehow manages to be a weak movie. Visually, this is a good looking movie, and it starts out great but then fizzles out to a lame ending. If you’re a fan of any member of the cast, there’s still plenty here you to enjoy though so it’s still worth at least one QUEUE