Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Rated PG-13

ouija-origin-of-evilA widowed mother and her two daughters bring a Ouija board into their home to bolster their séance business, but instead invite an evil presence into their home. Starring Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas.

This is an excellent story about what happens when you try to tap into the spirit world and how you don’t always know who or what you will be communicating with. I thought the screenwriters, Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, did a fantastic job creating the story of a family attempting to reconnect after one of the members dies. They already have conflicts within the family, which adds to the drama. The one issue I did have is that initially the mother believes that talking to the dead is not possible, but as soon as her daughter believes, she jumps right on board. That was a hard pill to swallow. I understand why she would suddenly choose to believe, given her state of grief and the daughter’s apparent ability to make contact with the dead, but it was just such a drastic, sudden change of mind, I found it unrealistic. This film doesn’t have a lot of traditionally scary scenes, but, when a story is based in some element of truth regarding what could happen when opening the door to the other side, that’s scary enough for me. This film is worth a watch.

 

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