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Ouija: Origin of Evil

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In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her 2 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 supernatural spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Film Title: Ouija: Origin of Evil

Cast

Elizabeth Reaser – Alice Zander

Henry Thomas – Father Tom Hogan

Annalise Basso – Paulina “Lina” Zander

Parker Mack – Michael “Mikey” Russell

Lulu Wilson – Doris Zander

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What Went Right

Ouija: Origin of Evil is superb in the sense that it is so bad. One of those guilty pleasures you’d pick up in Poundland.
It opens in a very old fashioned way (title stamped on screen as the first scene begins), and is set in the past so really sets the picture for the viewer. The producers create a convincing 1960’s vibe, mainly through use of costume and set. Good work here.

One or two moments made me jump nicely. I love a good horror flick, and Ouija: Origin of Evil slaps a few ‘lurchy’ scenes on top of what is a strange little movie. It excels in the classic tense-music-fading-out-then-BANG! moments.

Film Title: Ouija: Origin of Evil

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Young LuLu Wilson is a brilliant performer. The girl displays some very entertaining talent, as Doris becomes even more sinister as the movie progresses. The audience were actually laughing out loud during certain scenes – mainly due to Wilson’s comedic facial expressions. Which probably shouldn’t have been that funny!

Ouija: Origin of Evil is the perfect movie to put on and leave running in the background whilst you’re busy texting (or Tindering) away. The type of movie you don’t mind missing an eventful scene of, because you can skip back and re-play it for a quick thrill – before returning to texting.
It is nowhere near gripping enough to switch everything off for.

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What Went Wrong

This movie is just awful, in the sense that it takes ages for most tense scenes to build up. Be prepared for some lengthy scenes between lead characters which involve talky, boring dialogue. It’s not great, and actually lowers the tensity of the story by about 60%. I didn’t like this at all.

Not enough jumpy moments or scares. This movie focuses heavily on the relationship between mother and daughter, absent father, etc. It’s dull, and really isn’t overly exciting. I think I prefer the first installment – and that was bloody awful!

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This movie is worth a go if you fancy a few jumps. But do not get excited about it, it just isn’t worth it.

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