Ouija: Origin of Evil is one of the only scary movies coming out in wide release this October, so I needed to give it a chance.
I’m normally not a big supernatural or paranormal horror fan. They can get made really cheaply and lazily, falling onto jump scares to create all the tension – which doesn’t work. Unfortunately Ouija: Origin of Evil consistently relies on them, but they can’t even get that right. Sure, the movie has a general feeling of unease and the possessed girl is great at being creepy, but that’s not enough to actually scare anyone consistently. They lead up to a lot of jump scares, and then suddenly forget to follow through.
The story was all a bit superfluous here, giving us a lot more plot than we needed. It’s scarier when you don’t have any context of why. And it wasn’t even well-written, the dialogue was stilted and as much as the actors tried there was no chance of fixing it. And whenever they tried to be self-aware of their horror movie status? It was always funny, and broke any good tension that had built up.
Overall, it was very underwhelming and the more I think about it, the more I am unimpressed. Ouija: Origin of Evil is in theatres now, as a prequel to 2014’s Ouija.