Around this time of the year horror movies are a staple but you would be hard press to actually find a good one that successfully scare the living daylights out of you. Director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush and Before I Wake) looks to make things super spooky this Halloween season with Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Oujia: Origin of Evil serves as a sequel (I say prequel) to the not so stellar film Ouija. Set in 1965 Los Angeles, we follow the Zander family, the mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Doris (Lulu Wilson) and Lina (Annalise Basso). They lost the patriarch of their family due to a drunk driver and to make ends meet run a séance scam.
Alice convinces her daughters that they are providing a service to the naive customers who only want to talk to dead relatives and family members. With the help of some clever parlor tricks and her daughters, Alice easily convinces her customers she possesses the ability to speak with the dead.
Things start to get very interesting in the house when a Ouija Board is introduced into the act. Doris still affected by the loss of her father decides to use it to speak to her dad. What she doesn’t realize that in doing so she opens up a gateway to the other side allowing malevolent spirits in the house.
The spirit in the guise of friendlier spirits uses the young girl as a medium between worlds. She even helps the family business out tremendously with her new scary and unique gifts. What the family doesn’t know that is that the spirit is slowly taking over young Doris and twisting her.The family is thrown into an intense battle to save young Doris from the evil spirit that’s inside her and at the same time stay alive themselves.
When it comes to horror films it’s hard to garner scares out moviegoers today, well I’m happy to say that isn’t the case with Ouija:Origin of Evil. Mike Flanagan manages to encapsulate that fear with slow builds and well-timed shock scares. Michael Fimognari’s amazing cinematography for the film will have you staring at scenes you know good and well you want turn your eyes from. Each jump, shriek, gasp and scream are all well deserved and earned in the film. Each character does their part in the film but it’s Lulu Hanson’s portrayal of Doris that stands out especially after her possession.
There’s just something insanely creepy about seeing this little girl just switch back and forth from being possessed. Don’t be surprised if Ouija becomes a Halloween tradition in theaters, lets just hope they don’t do too many of these movies.
4 out 5
Ouija:Origin of Evil is theaters tomorrow!
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