Two years after the flop of Ouija comes a great sequel – Ouija: Origin of Evil! With only a loose connection to the 2014 ‘young kids shouldn’t play with haunted board games’ chiller, comes this thoughtful family drama set in 1967, that stands alone as a great horror movie.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is filled with suspense, by virtue of patience and restraint, emphasising characters and dramas rather than thrills and scares. This grim tale, about a widowed mother and her two daughters struggling to get by after the death of their patriarch, offers no villains and exudes only empathy for its would-be victims. The suspense and horror come from the fact that we like these people and don’t want anything bad to happen to them.
We open on a staged séance performed by Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her daughters Paulina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson). Alice’s mother allegedly “had the gift,” but the talent seems to have skipped a generation which leaves the recently bereaved family faking it to support themselves. One thing leads to another, and the family ends up with an Ouija board, which young Doris ends up using to apparently contact her father’s spirit… Read More