They just had to make the little girl the creepiest possessed human vessel ever.
Three lessons learnt after watching Ouija: Origin of Evil – don't play with it alone, never ever play in a graveyard, and always say goodbye.
Or else, deadly consequences awaits!
Director Mike Flanagan is a genius when it comes to the horror genre. Although he was not the director for the first Ouija movie in 2014, when the curse of the board began, he managed to transport us into the 60s smoothly with his prequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil.
MIKE FLANAGAN (RIGHT) RUNNING THROUGH THE SCENE WITH ELIZABETH REASER.
The story introduces a widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser), and her two daughters Doris (Lulu Zander) and Paulina Zander (Annalise Basso). To support her family, Alice makes money by being a fraudulent medium. She scams her clients using robotics and the help of children.
Yes, the same Doris and Paulina Zander who led the teens to unleash the evil from the board in the 2014 movie.
To increase the credibility of her fake readings, Alice purchased an Ouija board. She rigged it by using magnets to control its movement with her knees under the table. However, her plans go south when her youngest, Doris, starts playing with it by herself.
Initially, I had my doubts on how good the movie would be, especially since Oujia did not receive good reviews.
For instance, I thought there would be numerous yet pointless jump scares, which were prominent in the 2014 movie. Thankfully, the jump scares were tastefully done, and they helped to boost the creepy factor without being excessive.
Perhaps director Mike Flanagan wanted to showcase a more heartfelt story behind the Oujia board and show how the curse travelled and lasted for decades.
The best part of Ouija: Origin of Evil has to be the acting. Elizabeth Reaser deserves an honourable mention as her acting is impeccable. Her portrayal of a grieving widow and brave mother willing to do anything for her kids was spot on.
ELIZABETH (RIGHT) IS BEST KNOWN FOR PLAYING ESME CULLEN IN THE TWILIGHT FRANCHISE.
However, it was Lulu Wilson, who played Doris, that stole the whole show. The petite girl may be only 11, but she was able to fully commit to the demonic character. She even did her own stunts too.
It is almost as if she had a mental switch she could turn off and on. At first glance, she seems like an ordinary cute girl, but in the next second, she is describing how it feels like to be strangled to death. Almost every scene she was in gave me the chills.
PHOTO CREDITS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES
As a horror film fan, I enjoyed the entire experience. If you like creepy movies more than jump scare movies, Ouija: Origin of Evil is perfect for you. It is a great "date" movie, because you're going to need someone beside you to get through the movie.
Ouija: Origin of Evil creeps its way into cinemas today.