‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ now streaming on Netflix – it sounds bad, but it’s actually excellent

 

I’m not sure why I decided to watch ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ – it certainly wasn’t for the title, which is terrible and makes you think of the worst kind of movie (straight to DVD, low budget, lots of jump scares), but I did watch it, and I loved it. And it wasn’t until the credits started rolling that I realized why it was so good – the movie is written and directed by Mike Flanagan, the man behind arguably the best horror series ever in ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ as well as the brilliant ‘Midnight Mass’ and the creepy ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’.

Without getting too spoiler-y, the film follows a mother and her 2 daughters. The father of the family has died a few years previously, and the mother is struggling to make ends meet. She makes some pocket money acting as a conduit to the dead, using a variety of tricks to convince punters that she is talking to their dead relatives. When the oldest daughter brings home a Ouija board, the mother immediately dismisses it as a fake, but the youngest daughter is drawn in by it.
The performances in the movie are great – particularly the 3 main girls (mum and 2 daughters), who really carry the movie. But most importantly, ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ is actually creepy. Some of the visuals really stuck with me, and the bleak ending separates the movie from the myriad other M-rated horror movies that are scared to get genuinely dark.
So don’t be afraid of the terrible title – watch this movie!

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