Jonah Lives (2012) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Luis Carvalho
Starring: Brinke Stevens, Jocelyn Padilla, Ryan Boudreau
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Wild Eye Releasing
A group of teens foolishly play with a spirit board and contact the spirit of a murdered man, who they soon resurrect from the grave in the form of a murderous zombie, intent on avenging his own death and stalking the teens down one by one until he can get to his killer.
There was an awful mainstream movie released last year called Ouija. It was a terrible movie. In this movie, Jonah Lives, there is a plot that also involves a Ouija board and it exceeds the mainstream Ouija in ever area that matters. It is a better plot, a much more fun movie, and the cast is even more interesting, even if we might have to give the nod to Ouija in the acting area of things. Still, it makes for a better overall movie and a much more fun movie at the end of the day. Early on we see that a group of kids have been playing with a Ouija board as their friend (who totally isn’t down with it) watches. This brings back someone who we later learn is Jonah. Later on from that point we learn that Jonah has a bone to pick with his wife, who turns out to be a face us horror nerds will recognize fairly easily. However, before we get to that point we have some character development. I won’t say these kids are the most interesting bunch you’ll see on-screen, but the acting and the plot does remind us of some older horror films from back in the day that I’m sure we all loved. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the movie comes across really campy and I mean that in a good way. Most fans of 80s horror love campy stuff and if that sounds like you, then that is what you will get and enjoy here in Jonah Lives above all else. That and some pretty cool creature effects topped off with some nice gore splatter.
The worst thing about this movie seems to be the dialogue. There is just some awkward moments here and there, with some odd line delivery. It isn’t great, but it still manages to be entertaining regardless. Outside of the fact we have a pissed off zombie back from the dead and ready to rack-up a body count, we also have some very interesting things going down up above the action where some adults are tossing a very strange party. There might be sometime between what we see at the start of the movie and when the action really picks-up the pace here, but it is a cool little flick and it packs some interesting things that I think a lot of people can easily have a good time with. I’m a sucker for anything that seems to have an old school flavor to it and Jonah Loves certainly packs that (It also looks pretty cool). If you are going to use your valuable time to watch one movie involving a Ouija board this year and you don’t want to bust out the old Witchboard movies, you might as well make it at least be a movie that you can see there was some solid effort behind. There may be some plot points that we wished had more focus on them at the end, but overall it was good time in front of the TV.
– Behind the Scenes Teaser
– Behind the Scenes with Brinke Stevens
– Fall River Celebrates the Arts Screening
– Original Teaser Trailer
– Original Trailer
– Wild Eye Previews