Synopsis: In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her 2 daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business, inviting an evil presence into their home.
Tagline: When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening.
Release Date: October 21st, 2016 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
Watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer here.
Ouija: Origin of Evil Review
For a PG-13 horror movie, Ouija: Origin of Evil was pretty well done. I know, I know, dooming with faint praise and all that. It’s a re-watchable movie, which says something about it. It’s a perfect not-scary scary movie if you’ve got any spawn who insist they’re old enough to watch scary movies now.
It had a decent atmosphere, and the characters were interesting enough. I liked that even though the family was running a scam, they still didn’t come across as scam artists. Maybe because the mom was a bit delusional and honestly believed they were helping people? Who knows. The eldest daughter was a nice counterpoint to the mother, and there were a few times when I cheered her on. The interactions were real enough that it was easy to believe that they were a family.
There weren’t many special effects, which was actually kind of nice in its way. The white eyes and Steven Tyler mouth were pretty much the only things that appeared consistently. The demon/ tortured soul was a bit of CGI that they could have done without. It looked so unrealistic that it pulled me out of the story for a moment and made me snicker.
It was corny, though. And in a way that made me think it wasn’t necessarily deliberate. There’s a line about something taking place in a graveyard near the end that made me groan. There’s a ridiculous scene where [someone] is trying to stop what’s happening, which is just not well shot. The focus is all on the face and instrument being used. It looks b-movie bad and clashes with how decently shot the rest of the film is.
Also, the ending of Ouija: Origin of Evil was just a little too much. You could tell they wanted to get in one final scare before the movie was over, and it just fell a bit flat. (Spoiler: If they’d ended it with what the doctor sees out of the corner of his eye through the small window, it would have been nice.)
Overall, Ouija: Origin of Evil a nice, if somewhat tepid horror movie for those that don’t like things to get too scary.