Reviewed byjtindahouseVote: 8/10/10
I just went back and read my review for the original 'Ouija'. It was afairly negative review overall and there was an interesting line inthere about these movies being doomed before they even start makingthem because Ouija boards aren't scary. Step forward Mike Flanagan toprove me wrong. Flanagan is becoming a bit of a heavyweight in thehorror industry with each of his films so far being very strong. Here,he does the near impossible and makes the a sequel (technically aprequel) infinitely stronger than the original was.
There was a lot of great stuff here. Something I loved was that thejump scares were more about the imagery than just a loud noise.Typically these days jump scares take almost no skill at all to pulloff because the damn noise that accompanies them is so loud that itwouldn't matter what happened on the screen. In 'Ouija: Origin of Evil'the scares are more about the brilliant visuals that are createdthroughout the film. They're the type that will stick with youafterwards and require a lot more skill to pull off.
The writing is also a lot better this time around. The first one hadsome atrocious dialogue and incredibly stupid characters. This timethere are genuinely fascinating plot points that give the film evenmore levels than just a horror film. The original also had an immenselyweak opening scene. On this occasion the opening scene is one of thestrongest in the whole film and even has its own mini-twist.
The character of 'Doris' was the highlight of the whole experience. Iwas incredibly impressed with young Lulu Wilson's performance. Playinga regular character in a horror movie is easy, but playing a villainouscharacter is not. She was brilliant and played a large part in makingthis film what it was.
Altogether I really enjoyed 'Ouija: Origin of Evil'. In a world wheregood horror films are becoming rarer and rarer we have to stop andtruly appreciate the great ones that do come along. This was certainlyone of them. Keep churning out films please Mr Flanagan.
Reviewed bywww.ramascreen.comVote: 8/10/10
OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is super creepy. And it has good amount ofwell-placed jump-scares to rattle even the toughest audiences. As ahorror fan, I definitely enjoy this installment way better than itspredecessor.
This is actually a prequel to the 2014 film, so they're taking thisstory back to the beginning; how it all started, with the same housebut 50 years earlier. Elizabeth Reaser is a single mom raising her twodaughters played by Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson. They run a seancescam business to make a living but when they unwittingly invite an evilspirit into their home which then possesses the youngest daughter, thisbecomes 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 veryinteresting style in terms of the actors' outfit and hair, it's likewatching 'Mad Men' all over again, I'll never get over how much effortpeople put into the clothes they wear just to go to the supermarketback in that era. There's also heart in this story, the kids lost theirdad, the wife lost her husband, the priest lost his wife, and and sothat hole in their souls forms a foundation for why each of them has alonging or desire to speak with their dead loved ones. The reason whythey can be taken advantage of by the spirit, totally makes sense,because they are at the most vulnerable point in their lives andlooking for answers, unable to let go.
And because this is a prequel, at the end you'll see how the story andthe characters connect to the previous installment, I won't spoil ithere for you, but you'll be able to make that connection without aproblem. I think what essentially makes OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL scary isLulu Wilson's character, Doris Zander. Horror genre has a history oflittle creepy kids doing bloody gory things on screen, but there'ssomething in Lulu's performance in that she's able to get your guarddown, so when the frightening moments do come in, they become all themore effective. And unexpectedly, I might add. You'll jitter, yourpulse will keep pounding, you'll close your eyes with your hands butwith a few fingers open, and all the while you feel for the struggle ofthis family, you're invested in them. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is one ofthis year's best horror films in my book.
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Reviewed bytrashgangVote: 8/10/10
Halloween night over her gave us 3 flicks to watch, I watched Train ToBusan and The Windmill Massacre but Ouija I never went due the failureof he 2014 version.
On poster the font used to write Ouija was the same on both flicks.Never wanted to see this one due the 2014 version I noticed the reviewswere better so I did go watch it afterwards.
And it's a hell better then the 2014 version. The way it was shot andthe slow movement of the flick did add towards the creepy atmosphere.The ticking of the clock throughout the whole picture also add thecreeps.
It all starts with an Ouija fraud and of course slowly it turns into apossession. It never had any boring moments and the effects used weregreat. Even as they were CGI, it all worked out fine.
Be sure to watch it until the end credits are over, you're in for a bigsurprise if you're a horror geek. Worth picking up.
Gore 0/5 Nudity 0/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5
In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her 2 daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business, inviting an evil presence into their home.