Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cinema Clips: Ouija: Origin of Evil

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM


How bad was 2014’s Ouija? It was so piss poor and forgettable that I had to actually look into my archives for a review to confirm I had actually seen the damn thing. I wasn’t sure. In short, Ouija was a deplorable shitshow. Ouija: Origin of Evil is a bona fide movie miracle in many ways.

Ouija was awful, but it was enough of a hit to warrant a sequel. Still, it shocked me to see the sequel had actually made it to movie screens rather than some direct-to-digital platform. The fact that Mike Flanagan, the director of the crappy Oculus, was at the helm did little to quash my skepticism.

After about 30 seconds of watching young Lulu Wilson as Doris Zander, I realized that Flanagan might to be onto something with this casting. This kid, with her authentic 1960s haircut and mature-for-her-years delivery, crafts one of the great horror film performances of all time.

Yes, I’m bestowing that honor on a performance that occurs in a sequel to one of the worst horror films ever made.

The film, set convincingly in 1965, follows right along with Wilson as truly inspired and creepy. The Doris character plays with a Ouija board, and soon has some pleasant conversations with her dead father. Then, very bad things start to happen.

Is it one of the best horror films ever made? No. A few missteps in the final act take it down a notch. Is it one of the best horror sequels ever made? You bet it is.

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Bob Grimm

  • Deja Voodoo

    Happy Death Day is a decent enough, kinda scary mash-up of Groundhog Day and Scream
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • Runner's High

    This sequel is a gorgeous trip back to the future
    • Oct 12, 2017
  • Flights of Fancy

    The life of pilot Barry Seal seems hard to believe in American Made
    • Oct 5, 2017
  • More »
Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
PiYo Strength Class

PiYo Strength Class @ Floor Polish

Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. TSO Presents 007-themed Show Next Weekend (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Better Late Than Never: 1968 Film Makes World Premiere (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Wyatt Earp Needs a Home (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation