Ouija: Origin of Evil

(2016)

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Title:
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Release Date:
20th October 2016
Runtime:
99 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
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Directors:
Mike Flanagan
Writers:
Jeff Howard, Mike Flanagan
Languages:
English
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Storyline

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.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 66%
IMDb Rating 6.8

Casts

Annalise Basso as Lina Zander
Elizabeth Reaser as Alice Zander
Henry Thomas as Father Tom
Lulu Wilson as Doris Zander
Parker Mack as Mikey

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Bwizzle420 23rd October, 2016

Flanagan does it again.

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

Reviewed by ChristinaBarrett-OrlFL-1986 22nd October, 2016

Superb Actors

I think what made this shine was either the younger sister or the priest. The youngest girl looked very good. She had a nice face and pretty, light hair. Her speaking skills were pleasant. She was so cute and petite and resolute. She could be another/the next Dakota Fanning. The priest looked a lot like my pastor, like in his facial expression. He was also very stimulating, interesting, kind, and smart. He had a good hold of his acting. He helped "hold down the fort" in the movie. I also liked the older sister and mother, the other remaining main characters. They were sweet and caring. It was interesting when we saw a demon instead of the father. It creeps me out how the story ended with everyone dead but the older sister, who lived in an asylum for some reason, like she was being blamed for something she did wrong. She was possessed, like the others. It wasn't really her.

Reviewed by www.ramascreen.com 20th October, 2016

Creepy

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is super creepy. And it has good amount of well-placed jump-scares to rattle even the toughest audiences. As a horror fan, I definitely enjoy this installment way better than its predecessor. This is actually a prequel to the 2014 film, so they're taking this story back to the beginning; how it all started, with the same house but 50 years earlier. Elizabeth Reaser is a single mom raising her two daughters played by Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson. They run a seance scam business to make a living but when they unwittingly invite an evil spirit into their home which then possesses the youngest daughter, this becomes the struggle to save her and drive the demon away. There's so much to like about OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL. Well, for one, it's set in the '60s, so that in and of itself provides a very interesting style in terms of the actors' outfit and hair, it's like watching 'Mad Men' all over again, I'll never get over how much effort people put into the clothes they wear just to go to the supermarket back in that era. There's also heart in this story, the kids lost their dad, the wife lost her husband, the priest lost his wife, and and so that hole in their souls forms a foundation for why each of them has a longing or desire to speak with their dead loved ones. The reason why they can be taken advantage of by the spirit, totally makes sense, because they are at the most vulnerable point in their lives and looking for answers, unable to let go. And because this is a prequel, at the end you'll see how the story and the characters connect to the previous installment, I won't spoil it here for you, but you'll be able to make that connection without a problem. I think what essentially makes OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL scary is Lulu Wilson's character, Doris Zander. Horror genre has a history of little creepy kids doing bloody gory things on screen, but there's something in Lulu's performance in that she's able to get your guard down, so when the frightening moments do come in, they become all the more effective. And unexpectedly, I might add. You'll jitter, your pulse will keep pounding, you'll close your eyes with your hands but with a few fingers open, and all the while you feel for the struggle of this family, you're invested in them. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is one of this year's best horror films in my book. -- Rama's Screen --

Reviewed by moviewizguy 20th October, 2016

Flanagan delivers yet again

How anyone can be surprised by how good this film turned out to be is beyond me. From OCULUS to HUSH to BEFORE I WAKE, director Mike Flanagan has proved time and time again that he knows how to make elevated horror films, and OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is no different. Flanagan's penchant to mix human drama with horror is present here and continues to be a winning formula. After all, caring about the characters is the basis of any good horror movie. The film also has a cast giving credible performances, well-timed jump scares, and a great retro style that hearkens back to horror films in the 1970s. For a Halloween flick, you can't ask for more, and in that front, this Ouija sequel delivers.

Reviewed by Bri 20th October, 2016

A Return to Timeless Horror

Ouija: Origin of Evil is a swingin' sixties prequel to the 2014 horror movie and sleeper hit Ouija. Its predecessor has a mere 6% on rotten tomatoes, but had tremendous financial success. The budget was an estimated $5 million, and by December, 2014, the film had grossed almost $51 million. Obviously, the next step is to plan a sequel. I was fortunate enough to attend a pre-screening. Basing my expectations off the 2014 Ouija, I was ready to be bored and disappointed. Boy was I in for a surprise. The film opens with a mother and her two daughters performing a scam seance for a grieving man and his skeptical daughter. The first part of the film delivers a steady stream of laughs and starts on a light-hearted note. This mood only continues when the oldest daughter Lina (Annalise Basso) sneaks out, looking suitably 60's, and plays with a ouija board along with her friends. Then things, as they often do in horror movies, turn for the worst. In an effort to spice up their seance scam, Lina's mother Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) buys a ouija board. Doing so then causes the youngest girl, Doris (Lulu Wilson) to become possessed, no surprises here. What happens next, however, is one of the scariest horror movies made in a while– but when the director and writer is Mike Flanagan, you expect nothing less. Flanagan, director and writer for films such as Hush, Oculus, and Absentia, knows what he's doing. The whole theatre was on the edge of their seats. People shifting to hide their face or cover their ears was a constant sound, and the scares delivered genuine screams. Once the horror starts, the 99 minute film never lets you take a breather. The main person to thank for this is Lulu Wilson, the youngest daughter. This girl is only 11 and she carried the film from start to finish. Her malevolent intensity and purposeful movements made even the toughest members of the audience uncomfortable. To be blunt, she's creepy AF and steals every scene. One in particular involving a basement, hole in the wall, and a menacing Doris standing behind a poor soul comes to mind. To say any more would spoil the movie, but this film has its share of jump scares, unexpected frights, and a delightful retro tone through out. Various moments feel like homages to horror classics of the 60's and 70's. The film will also appeal to fans of recent horror films Oculus and The Conjuring. Another aspect often neglected in horror films is the human aspect. The small rag- tag family is reeling from the lost of a husband and father. The grief feels genuine, as does the hope and tentative joy they feel when the ouija board and Doris seem to be contacting her deceased father. The film is both horrifying and tragic. The ending evokes equal parts screams and empathy for this ailing family. Overall, if you're looking for a fresh horror movie to deliver a punch–you're in luck. Outstanding performances by all the actors, a fantastically creepy little girl, and a retro vibe create a film that will stand the test of horror time.