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Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 21 October 2016 (USA)
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In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is.

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Mike Flanagan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annalise Basso ... Lina Zander
Elizabeth Reaser ... Alice Zander
Lulu Wilson ... Doris Zander
Henry Thomas ... Father Tom
Parker Mack ... Mikey
Halle Charlton ... Ellie
Alexis G. Zall ... Betty
Doug Jones ... Ghoul Marcus
Kate Siegel ... Jenny Browning
Sam Anderson ... Mr. Browning
Chelsea Gonzalez ... Gloria
Lincoln Melcher ... Jack
Nicholas Keenan ... Walter
Michael Weaver ... Roger Zander
Ele Keats ... Ellie's Mom
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Storyline

In 1967 Los Angeles, a young widow named Alice Zander works out of her suburban home as a spiritual medium, accompanied by her daughters, 15-year-old Paulina "Lina" and 9-year old Doris. The family is still reeling over the recent death of Roger, Alice's husband and the kids' father. At Lina's suggestion, Alice incorporates a Ouija board into her readings. While trying out the board, she unknowingly contacts a spirit named Marcus that begins to possess Doris. Alice receives a notice that the bank intends to foreclose on their home. Doris contacts the board for help, believing she is communicating with her dead father. The spirit leads her to a secret compartment behind the basement wall containing a pouch of cash. When she gives the money to her mother, the family has an Ouija session, believing they can contact Roger. When the board answers a question only Roger would know the answer to, a thrilled Alice begins believing that they are in contact with her dead husband..

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, terror and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ouija: El origen del mal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,065,500, 23 October 2016

Gross USA:

$35,144,505

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,705,746
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the bottom left corner of the cover of the Ouija board, if you look closely it says "Baltimore MD". See more »

Goofs

When Alice and Father Tom are at the restaurant, they each have a plate of food. In the final shot when both of them drink from their wine glasses, however, both plates are missing. See more »

Quotes

Lina Zander: Something is wrong with Doris!
Alice Zander: She's experiencing something amazing!
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There is a post-credits scene with Lin Shaye. See more »

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Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Halloween Special (2016) See more »

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Better Than The First
16 July 2019 | by benjaminryder-45940See all my reviews

It's rare to find a sequel that surpasses the first these days, but Ouija: Origin of Evil manages to just that. Not that it was a very tough feat considering the original was one of the most lame-brained movies I've seen in a while, but Origin of Evil improves upon its predecessor tenfold - just not enough to make it really worthwhile.

It's obvious that Mike Flannigan is on his way to becoming one of our true masters of horror, but this film seems more like a paycheck movie for him and it shows. He does the best he can with the tepid material, but ends up using the old "distorted faces/mouths with rolled back eyes" effect a few too many times and it quickly becomes tedious.

Like all of Flannigan's films, it's wonderfully well cast and beautifully put together. I just wish they'd spent a little bit more time with the script. You might be better off watching Flannigan's Hush, Absentia, Gerald's Game, Occulus, or The Haunting of Hill House.


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