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Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

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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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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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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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Horror | Thriller

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

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USA | China | Japan

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,904,885, 18 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,496,033, 20 November 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second film in 2016 where Elizabeth Reaser's character is affiliated with another character named Doris, the first being Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015). See more »

Goofs

Drive licenses pulled from behind the basement wall clearly show expiration date of 1950. Addresses show ZIP codes. They did not exist until 1963. See more »

Quotes

Alice Zander: [crying] I just wanted to be able to talk to Daddy again. I just wanted you to be able to talk to Daddy.
Possessed Doris: He's gone. He lives in the dark and the cold, and he screams, and screams, and screams...
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Crazy Credits

The scrolling end credits are fish-eye warped as if viewed through an Ouija board lens. See more »

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References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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You Gotta Move Me
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Performed by Mike Lacey
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Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
5 January 2017 | by rockman182See all my reviews

When I first heard about this sequel/prequel my initial thoughts were: "Who the hell asked for this?" The first Ouija was cookie cutter horror film. It use the device of a ouija board (and the mystique and eeriness of it) as a crutch for the thin, awfully written that followed. It was a completely forgettable experience, so one would wonder why the film series was brought up again. Its a good thing that first impressions are just what they are because this prequel is not bad at all.

The film was in better hands when it was announced that Mike Flanagan would be directing but I was still mixed. Oculus was actually pretty great. A creative idea that was actually pretty emotional and investing. Flanagan's followup was the Netflix film Hush. I know a lot of people loved Hush but maybe these people don't watch movies often or are lenient to what they see on Netflix. Hush was terrible. I don't want to go into it here but maybe some other time I can explain how improbably dumb it really is. Anyways, this film is a prequel of sorts to the first and is based on a family who help people move on from their passed loved ones by staging seances. A ouija board causes dark spirits in the house to possess a young girl leading to trouble and at times, some wicked fun.

The film is set in the 60s and you can immediately tell by the film style. The style is of a film you'd see from that era; they even used the old Universal Pictures logo at the start of the film. Its not just the post production editing of the film but the costume, music, and just all around aura is done very well. No one knows her well yet but Lulu Wilson made this film. She does a great job and there are a few moments (where the script was fantastic) and she was able to come off as unsettling, just from saying her lines. She is without a doubt the strongest point of the film.

The film isn't without flaws. The third act isn't exactly fantastic as some questionable things happen and you scratch your head wondering if there could have been a better resolution. There definitely could have been. Also, the CG does look ropy at times but I think that can be forgettable as the film offers decent entertainment value. Here's a film that sacrifices scares for build up, good performances, and focus on the story of why spirits have possessed Doris and the circumstances surrounding whats going on. I can respect that.

I'm usually extremely critical of horror films because these days so many films go for jump scares and have no substance. There are exceptions that are becoming smart, nostalgic, or reinventing the horror genre. I don't think there is anything innovative about Ouija: Origin of Evil but its a massive improvement over its predecessor and is a film has a good amount going for it to make for a good time.

7/10


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