Get on board if you’re game

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

NEVER judge a book by its cover, or a movie by the board game it is based on in the case of Ouija: Ori­gin of Evil.

In one of the nicest sur­prises of 2016, a pre­quel to a film with a ti­tle as hokey as Ori­gin of Evil, leaves re­cent spooky hits like In­sid­i­ous and The Con­jur­ing in its ghostly mist.

In 1967, af­ter the death of her hus­band, sin­gle mother Alice Zan­der (El­iz­a­beth Reaser) strug­gles to make ends meet.

To pay the bills, she pro­vides griev­ing peo­ple psy­chic read­ings in her over­sized home, with help from her daugh­ters Paulina (An­nalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wil­son), who help sell the il­lu­sion of a spir­i­tual pres­ence each time with lit­tle tricks.

‘Scam’ be­ing a dirty word in that house­hold, Alice jus­ti­fies it to her daugh­ters that they are help­ing peo­ple find peace.

Things take a turn when Alice in­tro­duces a Ouija board to read­ings and Doris be­gins talk­ing to ghosts, and they are not in­ter­ested in be­ing friends.

Aussie James Wan may have cor­nered the haunted house mar­ket in re­cent years, with his In­sid­i­ous and The Con­jur­ing fran­chises be­ing run­away hits, but writer/di­rec­tor Mike Flana­gan is scar­ing up some stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

Wan might want to watch his back.

Lulu Wil­son as Doris and El­iz­a­beth Reaser as Alice in Ouija: Ori­gin of Evil.

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