Ouija: Origin of Evil Review
The 60s aren’t so groovy for a household that is plagued by an evil spirit in Ouija: Origin of Evil, now playing in theaters.
In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson), the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Created as both a sequel and a prequel to 2014's Ouija, Origin of Evil takes place in 1967 where we meet Elizabeth Reaser’s (The Twilight Saga) character Alice Zander who is just fantastic in her role. Reaser goes from a gullible mother believing that her daughter has stumbled onto something amazing but quickly gets believably terrified as she tries to save her daughter from evil spirits. Her oldest daughter Lina, played by Annalise Basso (Oculus), is your typical rebellious teenage girl, but looks convincingly terrified as things get creepy with her younger sister.
A movie involving a possessed child is the one of the biggest horror movie cliches, but Lulu Wilson is just spectacular, being all sweet and innocent one minute then saying really creepy stuff to someone who into their home the next. Unfortunately, these visitors include Lina’s boyfriend and the kind Catholic pastor, played by Henry Thomas.
Ouija: Origin of Evil does a great job of following the recent horror trend of keeping the cast fairly minimal, so as to not overcomplicate the film with a ton of subplots. The director uses numerous of cool tricks to create a convincingly spooky atmosphere for the audience.
Writer and director Mike Flanagan has fun with the 60s setting, like putting fake cigarette burns like the ones you might see on old film reels every 20 minutes, giving the movie the period feel of an old-time horror movie quite like The Conjuring did.
Ouija: Origin of Evil offers real spooky scares and terrifying fun, and does not lose insight of its characters during these scares. But is it a mandatory viewing for Halloween? The spirits say… “Definitely Yes.”