Ouija: Origin of Evil is a movie about the origin of demonic possession and the evils that we share our lives with. The film opens up with a young widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) along with her two daughters Lina Zander (Annalise Basso) and Doris Zander (Lulu Wilson) which struggling to get by. This story is actually a prequel to the original Ouija movie from 2014 so it goes back to the start of Ouija boards in Los Angeles during 1965.
Things start off with Alice and her daughters running a scamming ring out of their house, pretending to talk to others loved ones who have passed away. With bills piling up and not enough business, Alice needed to find a new way to make enough money to keep a roof over herself and her kid's heads. Her daughter Lina convinces her to buy an Ouija board as a better prop for their act. Nothing happens with the Ouija board at first, until Doris tries playing with it by herself. Doris tries to use the Ouija board to talk to her father that passed away but instead she ends up contacting an evil spirit in the house, Marcus who was murdered in the house long ago. Slowly, Marcus starts to influence Doris until he finally possesses her.
The feel of Ouija: The Origin of Evil was chilling and always left your hair standing on edge. The CGI in the film was good, much better than the first film. It fit well into the overall tone of the movie, except for a hiccups along the way you couldn’t even notice it. It was a dark movie, but it fit in very well with what was going on over the course of the film. The different scenes and stages were put together very well. The acting between Reaser, Basson, and Wilson was good, it felt like they had a lot of time to prepare with the young talent of Basson and Wilson shining through, I’m hoping to see these two rising stars in other movies.
In conclusion Ouija: The Origin of Evil is a very chilling movie from start to end, this film had the hair on my arms standing from start to finish. With only a few hiccups along the way it was terrifying horror film and I would recommend this movie to others.
Review for Ouija: Origin of Evil at Theater with Standard Viewing
Screening Provided by NBC Universal