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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 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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When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening. See more »


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

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Trivia

During the family's seances, all 3 board rules were violated: family members played alone, a graveyard was involved, and "goodbye" was never uttered. See more »

Goofs

In the first movie, to which this is a prequel, this film's events are stated to have occurred in the late 1940s or early 1950s - an onscreen newspaper article dates them to 1952. This movie is explicitly set in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Alice Zander: [referring to Doris] Where is she?
Father Tom Hogan: She's part of the walls now. And she told me the most wonderful, awful things.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the main crew and cast include one letter of each name circled in blue, as if selected on an Ouija board. However, the series of selected letters do not spell any word or message. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 31 Days of Horror: Blumhouse Double Feature (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Where You Are Is Where I'm Going to Be
Written by Elijah Honey (as Paul Robert Cufflin)
Performed by Elijah Honey
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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So this is where it all began!
24 July 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

It is a decent horror film, but surely better than the first. The previous part was an usual teen themed horror where everything started as a playful. But this one was a prequel and it focused on the origins. A single mother with two daughters is making money helping the people who want to contact their beloved dead ones. The things changes when her little daughter started to communicate the spirits of her own. The chaos unleashes, the house becomes haunted and the family begins to fall apart.

Keeping it simple is what worked out well for the film, despite thematically borrowed from others, scenes were kind of familiar and characters intentionally developed. Particularly the priest role was the most overused in any horror film. Followed by the twist. That turning point was good, but not a new. Nice performances and well shot film. Ouija is a fine concept for a horror theme and with this film's somewhat success, I hope the next one would only get better. So it is worth a watch, if you're not anticipating a something special.

6/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ouija: Origin of Evil 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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1.85 : 1
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