Ouija: Origin Of Evil – Motion Picture Maniac
Ouija: Origin Of Evil, is fun… I can hardly believe it either, it’s a film that shouldn’t be good and yet it is, it’s a sequel to one of the worst horror films in recent memory, it has the word “origin” in its title, just reason after reason to be horrible and yet I found it really enjoyable; is the world we live in schizophrenic or what?
The first Ouija was just horrid, it was a bland load of poorly written blech populated with bad actors and scares cheaper than a dead baby at Christmas, it didn’t even seem to want to be made at all, given the total lack of care or consideration on display. But it would seem that all the planets aligned on this one as its sequel is actually good, I wouldn’t necessarily say great but most definitely worth your time and money if you’re up for a good bit of silly horror movie fun.
Set in the 70’s, the plot concerns a family consisting of a mother and two daughters who pretty much run a scam, the mother is a fake medium (aren’t they all) who claims to be able to help the bereaved communicate with their lost loved ones while the daughters hide in the shadows doing magic tricks around the room to make it all seem real, getting the candles to blow out and making loud noises etc. One day, the mother buys a Ouija board to help with the act, not realising that its powers actually work, which of course causes some problems.
The thing is, this film knows what it is, it knows that there’s probably no way for it to escape being silly, at least not completely, so rather than ignore that reality, it relishes in it. The acting isn’t great but it’s good enough, the absolute highlight performance being that of the youngest daughter of the family, this girl, just like the movie she resides in, had every reason to be just awful, but she was actually really good, she was creepy and scenes with her feel mercilessly uncomfortable, a standard for child actors everywhere.
There are moments of humour that don’t fall flat, more than a few scenes of terror that had me gripped until the end, and the film has consistent atmosphere of self awareness that makes it feel rather friendly and approachable; as if it really wants you to invite it to your next marathon of Grindhouse movies. The cinematography, at first glance, seems minimalistic and plain, but it actually seems tailored to look like an old horror film from the 70’s, not only that but up in the right hand corner of the screen, every now and again, appears the great almighty cigarette burns, the little markers used to signal the projectionist to change reels.
Seeing those little scoundrels again was so damn delightful, I’m tempted to say that they’re all the reason you need to see it… I think I just realised what I said, the only reason you need to see this film is because of some markings that appear in the corner… you know what, I don’t care, it was great to see them and I can only praise the director for thinking to put them in. So yeah, it’s a fun movie, I definitely enjoyed it, but there are some flaws, the movie may know full well that it’s being silly, but a psychopathic killer could also be completely aware that what he did was kinda fudged up.
Revelations and plot developments sometimes come across as absurd, as they are almost predestined to feel in paranormal ghost adventure; in the long run it isn’t anything too special, aside from the vintage feel and homages to the good old days, it is more dumb fun at the end of the day, and therefor a little on the throw away entertainment side of things, there’s also a moment in which the voices of the dead can be channelled, nothing wrong with being able to hear the dead as far as movies go, but they way it was done in this particular film was just plain stupid, sorry to say it but I don’t really think it worked.
Overall, it’s a fun movie, the fact that it’s a sequel to the first Ouija makes simply being fun seem like the lord and saviour himself has cometh down to Earth to save us all but I wouldn’t say it’s really anything to write home about. It’s perfectly enjoyable and watchable and succeeds in areas it really shouldn’t have but that’s all it is; a simple good time in a genre that very rarely gets it right nowadays, in a year of movies that has ben pretty much venomous thus far.