Ouija: Origin of Evil


Ouija: Origin of Evil

Critics Consensus

Ouija: Origin of Evil swerves its franchise's planchette unexpectedly to YES with a surprisingly scary and dramatically satisfying follow-up to its lackluster predecessor.



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In this horror sequel, a game of Ouija leads to supernatural activity. Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, and Elizabeth Reaser star. Directed by Mike Flanagan.


Annalise Basso
as Paulina "Lina" Zander
Elizabeth Reaser
as Alice Zander
Lulu Wilson
as Doris Zander
Henry Thomas
as Father Tom
Doug Jones
as Ghoul Marcus/Devil's Doctor
Kate Siegel
as Jenny Browning
Sam Anderson
as Mr. Browning
Michael Weaver
as Roger Zander
Ele Keats
as Ellie's Mom
Nina Mansker
as Female Ghoul
John Prosky
as Doctor Fuller
Lin Shaye
as Lina Zander (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Ouija: Origin of Evil

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (21)

  • Ouija giddily zips between haunted house thriller, exorcism drama and skillful period piece, all wrapped up in a neat and terrifying little bow.

    Oct 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    Top Critic
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil is so brilliant for so long then sadly implodes.

    Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This is what you came to see, and the numerous gruesome horrors are rendered in enjoyable fashion.

    Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a prequel superior to its predecessor - we're not bored with board-game ghoulishness yet.

    Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil is an interesting exercise in watching filmmakers try to mint a franchise out of basically nothing.

    Oct 20, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Deliciously creepy, thanks largely to a terrific performance by the youngest of its stars.

    Oct 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ouija: Origin of Evil

  • Apr 19, 2017
    Full of chills, Ouija: Origin of Evil is a frightful and disturbing horror film. The story follows a single mother in the late '60s who runs a séance business with the help of her two daughters, and when she incorporates a Ouiji board into her act her youngest daughter begins communing with the spirit world. Starring Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, and Henry Thomas the cast is a fairly good and gives strong performances; particularly Wilson, who really sells the spiritual possession. And writer/director Mike Flanagan does an excellent job at bringing intensity and suspense to the film. However, as a prequel its ending is already set and it's restricted in what it can do. Still, Ouija: Origin of Evil is a compelling supernatural thriller that's darker and scarier than the original.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2017
    I found the first film a utter bore but knew that because of the successful box office a sequel would follow. The good news was the original director was replaced with a Blumhouse regular and my interest peaked. Flanagan has created some unique films and Hush was a very strong film that twisted the genre enough to standout. This doesn't reinvent the genre but it doesn't mirror all the other films in this subgenre, the horror comes from the atmosphere created by a carefully eyed director. The film never ramps up until the final 30 minutes but they keep the story unfolding until the bitter end. The film raises more questions than answers but it sets the future of the franchise up nicely. I hope this director moves on to bigger things and knowing he saved what was could of been an early franchise killing film. The film is much better than deserved, I hope the next entry can maintain the stakes. 20-07-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2017
    Infinitely better than the first Ouija movie, this intelligent prequel understands quite well how silence can be much more terrifying than loud noises, giving us also time to care about the characters and cleverly subverting the most stupid clichés of the genre.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2017
    Would it be fair to say that this is one of the best horror sequels of all time? My memory is shit, but there aren't many of those in existence. Evil Dead 2, obviously comes to mind and so does Aliens. Though the latter is far more up to debate than the former. Those are the two most obvious examples of great horror sequels. But, in all honesty, when I talk about one of the best horror sequels of all time, in the context of this movie, I use it simply because of how truly, truly awful its predecessor was. I hated the original movie with a goddamn fucking passion. I felt that the concept, in and of itself, was stupid. I say that, because the reason that Hasbro Films commissioned a movie based on one of their board games, even though something like it has existed for longer than they've owned the property, is the fact that they want to sell more Ouija boards. Yet the way they go about this is attempting to scare people to the point that they wouldn't even want to buy their board game in the first place. I can understand making Battleship or GI Joe into films, since you can make a lot of money on merchandise. But I don't know how you merchandise a board that's supposed to summon spirits that will, in theory, scare the shit out of you. That's just silly to me. But they went ahead and made a sequel based on a terrible movie. And the reason I say it's one of the best horror sequels of all time isn't because this movie is great, it's actually not, at least in my opinion. But, when compared to how horrible its predecessor was, and the fact that this movie was not, in fact, dreadful, I can't help but say that it's one of the best horror sequels of all time. Again, the caveat being that this isn't what I would call a good movie, it's a only a great horror sequel when compared to what came before. I don't know why, but I never felt like the movie clicked for me as well as it did for others, at least when it comes to film critics. Don't get me wrong, the movie is a massive improvement over the original. In almost every way possible. It's got a better story, better acting and better horror. The first two are certainly the most surprising elements, at least to me. It's not that it's got a great story or anything of the sort, but it is fairly solid all things considered. I liked the fact that it focus more on a family perspective and how this family, lead by a medium who stages the seances with her daughters, copes with the loss of the father. And how buying a Ouija board opens up new avenues for them to actually to contact their deceased father and husband, in the case of the mother. It's simple, but it's fairly well-done. Of course, things start changing once the younger daughter, Doris, starts to act difference after coming into contact with the board. Strange events start happening that lead Lina, the eldest daughter, to believe that there's something more sinister at play. Alice, the mother, ignores Lina's pleas, continues to go on pretending that nothing is wrong, saying that Doris has experience something wonderful that actually allows them to help people, instead of scamming them. Those parts of the movie I enjoyed. And the acting from the lead women (Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso) is really fucking good. But, if I'm being honest, and I don't know why, I just didn't get into the characters that much. They're well-written and the performances are quite strong, but there's just something missing. Again, nothing wrong with the characters themselves, I just couldn't find myself fully invested in them. Perhaps that's because the movie doesn't go deeper, but it's not like I can say I cared for any of the characters. And, again, this is from someone who thought the characters were well-written, at least in the context of what they're trying to accomplish here. The horror was better from the first movie, it would almost have to be, but, again, it's not great horror per se. And the movie really kicks it into next gear in its third act. They give you the requisite jump scares, but they're not as plentiful. Which is a good thing. But the fact of the matter is that, outside of Doris acting creepy for about 2/3rds of it, doesn't really amount to much other than that. I'm sure that's gonna work for a lot of people, but it just doesn't to me. Not saying that once is enough, but seeing Doris do the same creepy kid stuff over and over again doesn't make for effective horror, at least in my book. You're relying on the same material too much. Don't get me wrong, Lulu Wilson (who plays Doris) does a freaking great job here. But the fact of the matter is that the creepy kid stuff can only take you so far and I wish the movie would have been a little more dynamic in its horror. In reality, I felt that this was a slightly better than average movie, if not quite a good one. I would actually give this a recommendation, because I feel most people would find this more enjoyable than I did. And, again, this is coming from someone who enjoyed a good chunk of this movie, it's just that the flaws are way too glaring to ignore. This is my 2800th review on this site, here's to 2800 more. That's all the sentimentality you get.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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