Ouija: Origin of Evil
Village Jam Factory - Saturday 22 October 2016, 5:00pm
Running time: 99m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Supernatural themes)
Release date: 20/10/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Following the death of her husband Watltet (Nicholas Keenan), Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) is trying to make a living as a fortune teller to support daughters Lina (Captain Fantastic's Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson). When Alice adds a Ouija board to her services, Doris takes a obsessive interest in it. The girls' principal Fr Tom (Henry Thomas, best known as Elliot from ET) begins to take an interest in the spirit which seems to have taken over the family home.
Quija: Origin of Evil is a prequel to the 2014 supernatural thriller Ouija but works just as well as a stand-alone film. Set in 1967 it has a charming old-school feel about it, driven by a tight script and well-crafted characters rather than gore and splatter to create genuine suspense. Ultimately there's nothing terribly original about Ouija: Origin of Evil (possessed girl, well-meaning priest, creepy basement) but there's also a freshness here with strong performances and an authentic retro visual styling that sets mood and tone without drawing attention to it. There are a few grizzly moments and more than a few chills, but it's a intriguing story well told. Enjoyable.