Get on board if you’re game
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.