Ouija: Origin of Evil is the prequel to Ouija, movie which was released back in 2014, and it is made in the same successful style found in The Conjuring franchise. Add to it the typical possessed little girl motif and you have an interesting result, despite not being so original. Its main advantage is that it has many thrills and chills in a stylized manner, that might even make you think again if you want to try out an Ouija board.
This film is in fact the third horror film the director and cowriter Mike Flanagan released this year, following Before I Wake and Hush. He places his bet on a vintage vibe from 1967. The design of the title also reminds us of the yellow font found on the game box. However, the movie doesn’t focus on the board, but rather it drives us to find out more about the spirit possession story inspired after a real event.
By now, most likely you know all the key elements regularly found in good exorcism movies. Ouija: Origin of Evil makes no exception. As such, you can see there the moppet Doris (played by Lulu Wilson), who looks adorable and is even more scary when she starts haunting her family. We also have the spirit, Marcus, who is a ghost, and a single mom who is not paying attention to her daughter (played by Elizabeth Reaser).
Of course, we also see the Catholic priest, Father Tom, played by Henry Thomas, to fulfill the pattern that started with The Exorcist. One difference here though is the addition of an older sister, Lina, played by Annalise Basso. She is skeptical of such supernatural events, but at the same time can see what happens for real with Doris. All in all, this promises to be quite a success among the genre’s fans.