Ouija: Origin of Evil

A mother and her daughters experiment with a Ouija board.

 

United States
Japan
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Relative: 
Offspring
Sibling
Dimensional: 
Spirit
Imaginary Friend
Object: 
Ouija Board
7.04
All a board!
6
5.04
8
7.04
3
4
4
Performances
Plot
Effects
Compared to the first movie, Ouija: Origin of Evil doesn’t always take two steps back every time it takes one step forward. It doesn’t shy away from its own actions and it fully assumes the consequences of what it shows you. It always jumps to the next logical plot element no matter how crazy things get. This sometimes leads to repetition but not the kind you’d complain about.
But this film’s best accomplishment, as the prequel of a much weaker production, is that it doesn’t neglect its predecessor. It loosely ties in to 2014's Ouija despite how big a flop that was. The amount of terrorizing moments Ouija: Origin of Evil contains is a tour de force considering it isn’t gory. It’s more tragic than it is violent and it's more psychological than physical.
It’s a period piece, too. It is set in the 1960s. What a smart move! The lack of technology and the slow lives of the protagonists create layers of eeriness. Ouija: Origin of Evil is not just about a haunted board game. It’s a story about spirits, possession, possibly demons; you see, things are never fully explained and it’s scarier that way. In fact, this is one of the scariest flicks out there!
Alternate Titles: 
Ouija 2
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