Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Taking place in 1965, Origin of Evil revolves around a mother and her two daughters. Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) runs a fortune-telling scam of sorts with the help of her teenage (Annalise Basso), and almost teenage (Lulu Wilson), daughters. With her “smoke and mirrors” show, she is able convince her clients that they can communicate with the dead, but when a new game hits shelves called Ouija, Alice decides to get it for her work. It all seems like a good idea until her younger daughter begins to use the board and show signs that the Ouija board is real!
There are some things in this world that scare me and there are others that annoy me. Even thought Ouija Origins of Evil might be better than the first Ouija movie, this movie fails to “scare” me. Sure this movie has some scenes that were weird or eerie, but I never felt scared or creeped out. In fact, from time to time, I found myself laughing at the stupid gags and situations presented.
Origins of Evil falls into the typical formula for horror movies these days. It has too long of a set-up as bump scares and moving doors try to set the tone. Before long, we are presented with the normal loud noises, ghostly figures and bad special effects we are use to. There are a few scenes that I would welcome as effective, however, they just remind me of other movies such as The Conjuring and Insidious that did all this much better. The issue here lies with the fact that just because this movie is better than the first, doesn’t mean it should be labeled good.
At the end of the day, Ouija Origins of Evil is going to entertain teens and young adults, but for hardcore horror movie fans, this movie is a nice try. I want to see more chilling and nightmare like situations and not just more possessed children! I am not going to call this movie bad, I’m simply going to call it not that good. See it if you must. Co-starring Doug Jones, Henry Thomas, and Parker Mack.
6/10 Stars – Another “ok” attempt at a horror movie that involves more haunted houses and possessed children.