In 1967 Los Angeles, widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites authentic evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. When the merciless spirit overtakes her youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson), the small family must confront unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
In a follow up of what was one of the worst movies of 2014, Ouija Origin of Evil never even comes close to stooping as low as predecessor. Directed by Mike Flanagan, who seems to have a knack for breathing fresh air into the horror genre. Already having a great movie this year in “Hush” which was sent straight to Netflix streaming he tops his best effort yet again with Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Ouija tells the story of a mother and her two daughters who run a fake fortune telling business. When one the girls starts experimenting with an Ouija board she starts to develop extraordinary abilities that frighten her sister and mother. In the middle we get a huge exposition scene that is necessary to understand more of whats going on and after that the movie is full speed to the finish. The film take the approach of a slow build that just creates tension and makes you feel uneasy throughout.
It is very important to notice the amount of detail that Flanagan puts into his work. From the old school Universal Studios logo at the beginning from the que at the top right corner that would’ve told the projectionist to switch reels this movie feels like it was made in the 60’s. A very nice retro feeling film is created. Also to note this movie falls away from the normal horror cliches. In most horror films today, we have music that when the scare happens the music changes. In other words the music is telling us how to feel. It is so nice and refreshing to see a film where there is a great deal of silence in which scares just abruptly happen and it makes it just that more enjoyable for the audience.
With great performances from all cast members especially from the little girl played by Lulu Wilson. A very fine child performance from her that is especially stand out to me at least. Flanagan seems to be one of the best horror directors today in developing his characters, just like James Wan in the Conjuring films you really feel and get attached to characters. More horror films need to take the time to develop characters, so they are not just stoic and there for the purpose of getting jump scares and making bad decisions. Flanagan also does a great job of building tension and saving his big moments for the end. There is hardly any release from the tension that keeps on building and never drops till the credits roll. One problem you see with horror movies today is lack of constant building tension and there always seems to be a release.
Ouija does a great job on not falling on typical horror conventions, and knocks this sequel out of the park. It is sure to leave you shaking your head or maybe feeling a little uneasy. Make sure you don’t miss this one it’s right in time for Halloween. 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best years for horror films we have ever seen and Ouija is right up there with the best this year has to offer.