MOVIE REVIEWS FROM A MOVIE ADDICT
Nothing scares The Movie Lad! I have become fully desensitized to horror movies, after watching way too many when I was a young Movie Lad. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is at most, a three out of ten on the scare meter.
It is 1965. A widowed mother and her two daughters add a Ouija board to boost their séance scam business. As expected, the ultimate evil is invited into their Los Angeles home illustrating the fact that, it was never just a game!
Director Mike Flanagan seems to be the man of the moment when it comes to horror movies. He did a good job with OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, and managed to get a few screams, the odd giggle, and a couple of ‘WOWs’ from the audience at the perfect moments.
The cinematography, coupled with excellent attention to detail, helped Flanagan achieve the required authentic mid 60s feel, which I love. The main characters of the story, the Zanders, jelled really well. Alice (Elizabeth Reaser – Hello, My Name Is Doris, The Twilight Saga, The Family Stone) and her two daughters, Paulina (Annalise Basso – Captain Fantastic, Oculus, Standing Up) and Doris (Lulu Wilson – Annabelle 2, Deliver Us from Evil), are very convincing as a young family still mourning the loss of the man of the house. In particular, Lulu’s performance as the possessed Doris is the standout for me. Lookout for this young talent in the future.
If you like OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, you might also like: The Exorcist (1973), The Amityville Horror (1979), Poltergeist (1982), Absentia (2011), Oculus (2013), Hush (2016), Before I Wake (2016)
The Movie Lad rates this: Three out of a possible five gullible American teenagers.
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