Ouija: Origin of Evil – Movie Review
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 a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is the sequel no one wanted, that somehow manages to be wonderful. This, plain and simple, is a gigantic breath of fresh air, and just might be the best horror movie of 2016.
Mike Flanagan directs with precision and care, recreating a retro feel that brings nostalgic glee to every frame. Old fashioned credits, an older Universal logo and even “cigarette burns” indicating when the projectionist should change the frame.
Characters are emphasized over scares, punctuated by a great script that lets them blossom. Ouija: Origin of Evil is one of the best horror sequels ever made, a film crafted with extreme care and precision.
(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)
Directed by: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images, terror and thematic elements
Run Time: 99 min