Ouija: Origin of Evil

Movies, Horror
3 out of 5 stars
Ouija: Origin of Evil

Does the power of Christ compel you to see another Ouija-board-related horror sequel? Compel is such a strong word…

It’s easy to forget that, commercially speaking, the Ouija board is just another game, packaged and sold by toy manufacturer Parker Brothers alongside Monopoly and Clue. This makes Ouija: Origin of Evil little more than an extended, well-made commercial. Still, it’s probably one of the first ads in history to suggest that its product might result in the violent deaths of your entire family.

A prequel to the moderately successful 2014 horror entry, Ouija, this film is set in 1967, the year after Parker Brothers snapped up the rights to market the spirit board and began selling it to teens across America. Widowed Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) is an L.A. medium who justifies her phony psychic business by providing comfort to the grieving, aided by her behind-the-scenes daughters Paulina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson). But when she purchases Ouija, Alice accidentally summons evil spirits and…well, you can guess the rest.

Origin of Evil takes a while to get going, yet there’s plenty to admire here: strong performances (E.T. legend Henry Thomas plays a kindly priest), top-notch jump-scares and some unexpectedly lovely, almost Far from Heaven–ish autumnal cinematography. But it’s unlikely to have you rushing to the nearest toy store.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday October 21 2016
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mike Flanagan
Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard
Cast: Annalise Basso
Elizabeth Reaser
Henry Thomas
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