Ouiji Board says: Hunter
Directed by: Todd Williams.
Produced by: Oren Peli.
A family is suddenly haunted by what they believe to be is a ghost.
One year later, and nearly $ 200,000,000 at the box-office, Paramount Pictures and the original director of the first, Oren Peli return with a worthy sequel. With more emphasis on the sequel we not only get a newer director, a bigger budget; $3,000,000 to be exact. While Paranormal Activity 2 doesn't generate more than than the first, it sets the bar a higher this time, but with some technical difficulties.
As we already know the fate of Katie and Micha, we travel to a few weeks or month before their demonic events. We meet Katie's younger sister, who later in the intro gives birth to a healthy baby boy. We of course see Katie and Micha, being the happy aunt and uncle and whatnot. After all the love an family time, we finally get down to business. Our new characters get a surprise visit from what they believe was a robbery. The whole house is a disaster with the usual norm of a robbery: things on the floor, broken furniture, video tapes and such...you name it, but not their sons room. Introduction to the cameras. Since they want security, they wire up the whole house.
We are treated to the same situations as part one, and you are already anticipating them, but you can't expect the same treatment. Oh no....you get a better dish served. One particular and my second favorite part of the movie is when Kristi, the female lead in this movie and Katie's younger sister, is in the kitchen, begins to hear loud thumps, feels afraid for her life, get an astonishingly silent suspense, and suddenly, all the cupboard doors and the frying pans explode from their original positions. Clearly the three million dollars were put to good use.part third favorite part was the dog getting canned. Now, I'm not saying I enjoy watching dogs get harmed, but I requested Micha and Katie to get a dog in the first movie, and I got to see one here, and boy, does that demon hate dogs. Animals tend to see or detect with their senses things humans can't. You get that one glimpse of the canine growling at something only to be grabbed forcefully by it's legs and....well I can't say. They don't show it.
But we get some revelations as to why these sisters have been visited by such a violent creature: rituals. In this family we have a teenage daughter who does her research about a sacrifice where a demon would visit a family and try to take their first male born. I mean, she even pulls out a Ouiji Board and it spells out the name of the little boy when she asks the so called "spirit" what it wants.
My favorite part, was watching Kristi being dragged from her sons room by her legs all the way downstairs and being locked up in the pantry. She gets possessed and haunts her husband and eldest daughter. It's always normal in these supernatural horror films that the male lead will always doubt what others experiencing. Maybe it's that they are to afraid to admit that what's happening is real and not trick. It's good to hear both sisters talk about when they were kids some apparition in their house would taunt and hunt them all the time. Young Kristi didn't want to believe in that sort of thing again but, Tobey came back with a vengeance.
Well, when Kristi gets possessed, the husband tries to perform an exorcism on her. For some reason I lost interest at this point. Exorcisms haven't been good in movies lately and it sort of ruined it for me. And the final minutes of the fil where Katie just pops out of nowhere, and breaks the husbands neck like twig. I laughed like crazy because of how random it was, and it felt rushed.
The budget might have increased to three million, but it's still a small budget and was used exceptionally. I don't have to explain to you how well it was executed in the final cut.
A pretty good sequel with exceptional visuals as always. Kind of a drag the director didn't make it, but I'm sure as a producer, you can see his handy work.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.