Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

📅17 January 2017, 18:32

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother, and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

I admit I wasn’t too impressed with the original Ouija movie. I found it be about as predictable as any mainstream horror movie could be these. But when I heard that the second Ouija movie, Ouija: Origin of Evil, was going to be directed by Mike Flanagan, I got a bit more excited about it than I did. I wasn’t sure about the whole prequel side of things but I have to admit I was very impressed with the end results. What we get with the sequel to Ouija is a movie that would have easily found a spot on my year ending top 10 list had I had the chance to have seen this before I made the list. The story is a very stylish one in many ways. It tells the story of how things got to be how they were in the first film. The story is told in a very creepy and effective way. It is also done in a style that truly makes it feel like an older horror film that you are watching with added in old film effects and the retro Universal intro. Even if you paid attention to the story in the first film and sort of have how things are going to go all sorted out, the movie is done so well it makes you forget those things and get caught up in the story being told and it makes you creeped out far more than once.

The story tells about the Zanders. A family dealing with the loss of the man of the house. With him gone, the family struggles to get by and make their income with the mother’s (Alice Zander played by Elizabeth Reaser) questionable routine she does in the house with help of her two daughters, Linda and Doris (played by Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson. One day the mom decides to add an Ouija board to the mix, but when Doris find a strong attachment to it things take a very creepy turn. Is the dad really trying to talk to her or is it something worse? I’m sure you think you have all the answers to that question but it turns out to be a lot more complicated than that. The movie as a whole is a lot more like an Insidious movie than it was an Ouija movie, but it comes with a much darker tone to it. While the acting is great all around, you have to give a note of mention to young actress Lulu Wilson who really does some great stuff with the Doris character. Ouija: Origin of Evil almost makes you forget just how bad the first film was. It improves on everything from top to bottom from the first movie and I can only hope if another one is made it follows these footsteps. If you want to see just how good of a director Mike Flanagan really is, you need to see just how big of a turnaround he has done for this franchise. This was easily one of the best things from this last year and deserves you to give it a watch asap.

Extras

– Deleted Scenes
– The Making of Ouija: Origin of Evil
– Home Is Where the Horror Is
– The Girl Behind Doris
– Audio Commentary with Director/Co-Writer/Editor Mike Flanagan

Quality of Transfer: 97%

 

 

 

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