Ouija: Ori­gins Of Evil

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

It was never just a game. Invit­ing au­di­ences again into the lore of the spirit board, this Hal­loween, Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures’ Ouija: Ori­gin of Evil—from Plat­inum Dunes and Blum­house—tells a ter­ri­fy­ing new tale as the fol­low-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at No. 1. In 1967 Los An­ge­les, wid­owed mother Alice Zan­der (El­iz­a­beth Reaser of the Twi­light fran­chise) adds a new stunt to bol­ster her séance scam busi­ness and un­wit­tingly in­vites au­then­tic evil into her home. When the mer­ci­less spirit over­takes youngest daugh­ter Doris (Lulu Wil­son of De­liver Us from Evil), this small fam­ily con­fronts un­think­able fears to save her and send her pos­ses­sor back to the other side. A year and a half af­ter her hus­band was killed, fi­nan­cially strapped Alice finds her­self rais­ing 15-year-old Paulina (“Lina”) (An­nalise Basso of Ocu­lus) and 9-year-old Doris alone. For­tu­nately for her strug­gling busi­ness, the oc­cult runs in Alice’s blood. Her mother was a for­tuneteller and passed down the tricks of the trade, al­low­ing Alice to put on an ex­trav­a­gant sideshow for clients who wish to speak with lost loved ones. The as­pir­ing clair­voy­ant doesn’t feel she’s a fraud. In­stead, she be­lieves she’s ped­dling clo­sure— the elu­sive kind she prays to find for her­self. With mount­ing un­paid bills, Alice pur­chases a Ouija board to spice up her cha­rade and rivet her cus­tomers. But once the game is brought into her home, strange things be­gin to hap­pen: in­ex­pli­ca­ble noises, daily night­mares and, most dis­turb­ing of all, Doris ac­tu­ally starts com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the dead, in­clud­ing her fa­ther. Ini­tially, the rev­e­la­tions seems like a gift. Alice’s busi­ness booms and clients find com­fort con­nect­ing to those who have passed on, un­til the true his­tory of the house is un­earthed. Decades prior, a de­ranged sur­geon per­formed grotesque ex­per­i­ments on men­tal pa­tients un­der the same roof. Now, to make Ouija: Ori­gin of Evil—Pro­duc­tion In­for­ma­tion 3 their screams of an­guish heard, one of the tor­tured has taken pos­ses­sion of Doris.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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