Ouija: origin of evil (2016) directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Before I wake) is miles better than it's predecessor. the first Ouija film was a complete dud that pretty well destroyed the franchise before it even began. so what do you do when you need to take your franchise off of life support and make it relevant again? you call Mike Flanagan and get him to make your movie. what Flanagan achieves here is yet another well crafted and chiller with heart. not only does he make a good movie but he lifts Ouija from obscurity and makes the franchise relevant. a tremendous achievement if there ever was one. the script is fairly by the numbers but has a certain freshness to it. yes its a story we have seen many times before but this time around we get some genuinely likable characters as well some natural and realistic interactions between our leads. another positive is how well the script manages to deviate from the basic template that the genre limits it to. while still remaining within that template. characters that you think will end up saving the day or dying end up doing the opposite, and the ending has some genuine guts. Flanagan also manages to build some real sequences of tension and suspense here without heading too far into jump scare territory. as I have already mentioned the characters are all likable and the acting is actually pretty darn good. you care for these characters and their struggles. I have to deduct some points though for the generic story and some of the visuals come off as silly and tacky. sometimes I felt that there were scenes that were supposed to be scary but ended up being silly. overall though Flanagan shows us that he can take a dead horror movie franchise and turn it into something relevant and sometimes chilling. the verdict: 7.0/10
Ouija: Origin of Evil
In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.