Review By Bluebird From Horror Amino
Ouija: Origin of Evil is a 2016 American Supernatural horror movie directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film is a prequel to the popular 2014 film Ouija.
This movie is set in 1967 in Los Angeles The story follows a widow named Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) who works out of her suburban home as a spiritual medium. Her 15-year-old daughter Lina (Annalise Basso) helps her mother by fooling customers into thinking that she is the spirit of their deceased loved one. While Alice claims that they are helping people to move on, the entire séance is staged by magnets and gusts of wind. Having only recently lost her husband, her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) is having the most trouble moving on. When Lina sneaks out to a party at her friends place, the teens think it will be fun to try the new Ouija board game. After nothing actually happens she suggests to her mother that they incorporate the Ouija board into her séances. After the family finds out that they may lose their house due to foreclosure young Doris uses the Ouija board alone, believing that she is talking to her dead father. The spirit tells her to look in a secret compartment in the basement wall which contains a bag of money. Believing that they are speaking with their father/husband the family uses the spirit during their séances, because it uses Doris to speak through and tell customers things only their dead loved ones would know. Eventually the spirit, who is not their father starts possessing Doris and causes havoc on the family and their friends.
I was not a big fan of Ouija, I tried watching it twice and it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. So I didn’t have high hopes for this movie, but I actually enjoyed it. Although it didn’t scare me (no movies have) it had a very creepy atmosphere and the little girl who was possessed was freaky as hell! There were the usual predictable jump scares and some of the characters reactions were also predictable and slightly irritating. I liked that the characters worked out what was happening really quickly and they automatically believed that what was happening was real. So it avoided the cliché of one character telling the other what was happening and looking like a crazy person. The acting and cinematography were great, which is what you would expect from a film with this budget.
I would recommend fans of supernatural/possession type horrors to give this movie a watch.