Mike Flanagan

How do you adapt an unadaptable Stephen King novel into a movie? The answer, apparently, is to hire Mike Flanagan.

Flanagan may not be the type of household name horror director the way John Carpenter, Wes Craven and George Romero once and still are, but over the last several years, he’s been quietly rising to prominence as one of the most efficient craftsmen in the horror genre. As a horror filmmaker, Flanagan seems to have a knack for taking unlikely, or unworkable, concepts and finding the humanity in them. Gerald’s Game, Flanagan’s adaptation of a seemingly unfilmable King novel, has already earned high praise from early screenings and hits Netflix today, possibly launching the filmmaker to even greater prominence. The film is exemplary, but it’s just another piece in the greater puzzle that is Flanagan’s growing filmography.

Read More »

Ouija: Origin of Evil Trailer

Ouija made over $100 million worldwide. For a horror movie that cost $5 million, that was a more than impressive haul for the Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse Productions’ film (which they actually reshot half of, due to poor test scores). With that level of success, a sequel was inevitable, even though Ouija probably didn’t leave too many people clamoring for a sequel. Ouija: Origin of Evil, as the title indicates, technically isn’t a sequel; it’s a prequel.

Below, watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer.

Read More »

ouija origin of evil tv spot

I recently caught up with 2014’s Ouija and I was simply bowled over by its badness. My standards are low enough that I enjoyed the (underrated?) but poorly received Annabelle that same year, so that probably says something about the languid, overly lit, predictable, and just plain not scary Ouija. However, the film did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel and Universal has made a bold move with Ouija: Origin of Evil. Rather than simply churn out another movie in the same mold, they’ve hired a strong director who filmed a screenplay that seemingly has nothing to do with the first movie beyond its title.

You can check out this course correction in a new extended TV spot and it’s remarkable just how different this movie looks from its predecessor.

Read More »

Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer

2014’s Ouija was a waste of a halfway decent idea, a lazy cash grab cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better movies. But it cost $5 million to make and grossed over $100 million worldwide, so you know what that means: we’re getting a sequel. Or rather, a prequel.

As the title suggests, Ouija: Origin of Evil goes back to earlier times. Specifically the 1960s, even though Ouija boards were actually invented in the late 19th century and evil definitely goes back way further than that. Anyway, the trouble begins when a fake medium (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson) accidentally summon a very real and very nasty spirit. Watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer after the jump.  Read More »