Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Can all past and present horror film directors PLEASE TAKE NOTE… Little girls crawling on all fours along ceilings or walls is NOT scary. I repeat, it is not scary!

It’s 1965 and a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business, but unwittingly invite evil into their home.

Ouija Boards are something that I’ve always loved to believe are really real! The suggestion that a spirit is taking control of a planchette beneath your fingertips is eerily captivating. My expectations for this movie were never high, but I decided to clear my mind of negative feelings, especially after hearing such positive reviews. Ultimately, I was right though, this movie was crap. Origin of Evil presents absolutely nothing new, it is as bland as butter and full of countless scares we’ve seen before. I don’t understand these positive reviews?! 82% on Rotten Tomatoes – What the hell is that?! I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

It’s another unfortunate step into mainstream horror, for a director who I thought had more integrity then to play the studio game. Mike Flanagan follows up ‘Before I Wake’, with another Hollywood horror, Ouija: Origin of Evil. The official sequel prequel that nobody asked for.

Yes, Origin of Evil is better then then original, but only due to a stylish 1960s nostalgia change. The characters are lazy and uninspired, and the performances feel stilted. As for the haunted house, there is absolutely no sense of creepy atmosphere, nor is there any urgency felt amongst the family once they know poor Doris is possessed, which almost happens instantly.

Take the Ouija Board away and this movie would have remained the same. The most frustrating thing about Ouija is that Flanagan clearly has the makings of being a great director (Oculus, Hush), but his direction here is unfocused and cliché. We don’t need to see any more pale eyed children whispering jibberish with their stupid stretch opened ghoulish mouths.

3.0 / 10

“Do you know what it feels like to be strangled to death?”

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2 thoughts on “Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

  1. I completely agree that the story here is beyond generic. I, too, am tired of seeing possessed children! But I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit because of how much attention to detail was given to recreating the retro 60s aesthetic, as well as some solid performances. Great review!

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