A Ouija board is a board printed with letters, numbers and symbols. A movable indicator on the board is then used to spell out messages to the users. A ouija board is typically used in seances for contacting the dead.
“Ouija: Origin of Evil” is the newest addition to the Ouija film series. The film takes places in 1967 Los Angeles and follows a family of three. The mother, Elizabeth Reaser, is widowed and makes a living by hosting fake seances in her family home.
The mother uses the help from her two daughters to trick clients into believing the seance. The ouija board wasn’t introduced in the film until the oldest daughter, played by Annalise Basso, sneaks out of the house to go drink with friends. At the party the oldest daughter is introduced to the ouija board, who then recommends her mother add one to the seances. This starts a series events that cast a shadow over the family and those close to them.
“Ouija: Origin of Evil” was refreshing because it did not over use computer-graphics imagery (CGI) like many horror movies today. When CGI was used, it was used in quick increments to give shock value to the film.
Unlike many horror films, “Ouija: Origins of Evil” does not use excessive darkness to create a scare, but rather uses an uneasy feeling surrounding the youngest daughter, played by Lulu Wilson. Children in horror movies, especially young girls have always been the most terrifying to me; the echoing laughter and cold tone always got to me.
I am a big fan of horror movies. Growing up I would watch them alone in the darkness of my basement, chasing the fear I once felt when I first watched “The Ring” in elementary school.
I enjoyed “Ouija: Origin of Evil” for the most part. It gave me chills down my spine and gave me a few jumps. The ending reminded me of a much darker version of “A Haunting in Connecticut.”
Three and half stars out of five.