This is one of the few movies that I had to finish off watching in the morning. It’s bound to give you a fistful of bad dreams if you take it in all alone. This is in fact, in my book, the sole right way to do it: horror is and should be an individual experience, in order to get the most in terms of scares out of it.
Ouija: The Origin of Evil tells the story of a family pulling a seance scam. They pretend to be able to put the client in touch with the dead relative he or she wishes and keep telling themselves they help people. They are jerked out of their “normal” lifestyle and things take a most peculiar turn when Doris (Lulu Wilson), the younger daughter, stumbles upon this Ouija board and takes to it like a duck to water. She keeps playing around with it, but before long it ceases to look like a game, as the arrow of the board begins to move all by itself and the spirits of the dead can lend her their voice as well. From this point onwards everything is only to go downhill due to her mother’s (Elizabeth Reaser) obstinacy. Even though she can see something – well, a great deal- is off, she carries on deluding herself, fascinated by Doris’s abilities and turns a deaf year to Lina’s (her older daughter) voice of reason.
Now, It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what comes next (so I gather calling it a spoiler would be erroneous), namely demonic possesion. Doris of course serves as a channel for what lies beyond, and that adds up to more than just friendly faces raring to chew the rag when summoned. The movie thus is pretty much what the average exorcism flick constitutes, except Doris doesn’t even ever get excorcised. But down to brass tacks, the question is is “Ouija- The Origin of Evil” a great movie? That would be a little bit of an overstatement, I daresay. Even though the movie does a great job as far as pace is concerned and it also doesn’t cut corners when it comes to character, thus allowing room for the ever so important relatability, and the score is also noteworthy, all in all, it’s no great shakes and just doesn’t stand out in any way whatsoever. Now, I’ve said it many times, a great film doesn’t necessarily mean a great horror film, the same way an ace horror doesn’t amount to a great film perforce. Then maybe the question in order is is this one a good horror film? If that translates into a good many goosebumps and fearing for your dreams, then yes, I would say so. It totally does the trick.