Worth the watch: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

Ouija: Origin of Evil creates a classic horror movie atmosphere with it’s 1960’s setting and chilling storyline.

The film takes viewers back in time to Los Angeles of 1967, focusing on a family of con artist ‘psychics’ who get a taste of their own medicine when they become haunted by spirits from a ouija board. Lead actors Elizabeth Reaser and Henry Thomas give a surprisingly convincing performance – a refreshing accomplishment for the genre. Director Mike Flanagan is known for co-writing his films and has established a place for himself in Hollywood with previous horror genre films including Absentia, Oculus, and Hush. The success of Ouija compared to it’s original, released in 2007, may be accredited to Flanagan’s experience. It’s chart-topping success may also be due to it being released just in time for Halloween weekend.

Anyone looking for a decent fright will not be disappointed by the creepy supernatural nature of the film. Although it is not the scariest movie you will ever watch, Ouija is a good option for those looking to get into the spirit of the holiday. The film is not suited for serious thrill seekers because it does not have very many jump scares or intensely suspenseful moments. The level of horror viewer’s experience is on the mild side, but entertaining nonetheless.

The horror movie genre may have earned its bad reputation for poor acting and repetitive plot, but every once in awhile there comes a film that banishes critics disdain for the productions. Ouija in no way deserves an Oscar award, but it is an obvious improvement on the boring and illogical standards for horror flicks. This movie does not make viewers yell at their screen: ‘Don’t split up!’ or ‘Don’t go down to the basement alone!’.

The storyline has a shockingly profound message that really enhances the watching experience by including aspects that usually get left out and filled by fear factor moments. This is a positive and a negative; it improves the overall movie but lowers the adrenaline inducing suspense of the show. If you are looking for a movie that will leave you shaking, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a movie to get you into the fall spirit, Ouija is the movie for you. Unlike a nightmarish horror movies, it is a movie you can watch alongside your family and friends; it is perfect for a party. The ending of the film is by far the most engaging piece. The film ends in such a way that viewers leave wanting more; it sets up events perfectly for a sequel.

If Ouija: Origin of Evil is any evidence, horror films can be improved upon. I would recommend this film to those looking for something perfect to watch with the kids. Although not the most impressive in the categories of the emotional or innovative, Ouija does a good job of delivering twists and turns to make viewers invested. This movie is definitely worth the watch!  

By Savannah Zachau

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