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Matt’s Movie Corner: Ouija: Origin of Evil

Matthew Schnettler, Journalist

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Much to my dismay, I saw Ouija: Origin of Evil this past Tuesday. Taking advantage of 5 dollar days, I headed down to the local theater to watch the recent sequel to one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen: Ouija. I’m here to tell you Ouija: Origin of Evil was just as bad.

Please do not see this movie. Honestly, I wish I could’ve missed this movie. But at this point it’s too late and all I can do is warn anybody against this movie that I can. I only saw the first one with friends because I could, and I figured this would be a good opportunity to review a bad movie.

At first I was almost worried that this was actually going to be a good or ok movie, but I was proven wrong almost immediately. Ouija: Origin of Evil starts out in the house of the Zander family, who make a living by faking paranormal visits to prey on gullible strangers. This all goes downhill when the mother, Alice, buys a Ouija board as a prop for their trickery, but breaks all three of the very convenient “rules.” Following the rule breaking, the youngest daughter Doris becomes possessed (because apparently the ghosts in their house weren’t upset until the mom broke the Ouija board rules).

This possession leads into an hour and a half of the same boring “horror” copy-pasted from every other horror movie in the last 10 years. We’ve got a little girl saying creepy things, a possessed person opening their mouth extra wide to scream in a demonic voice, a possessed person with white eyes, a minor character being introduced only to be killed, and of course there’s a possessed person climbing on the walls with messed up limbs.

You may have seen the original Ouija movie and, like me, wondered how a movie this bad got a sequel. Well, the reason is it made 20 times its budget and it was released in October. Even if you just want to see it to laugh at it, and believe me, this movie is laughable, just wait until you don’t have to pay money for it. The reason movies like this are being made is because they’re making money. If horror movies aren’t being held to a standard of quality, then filmmakers are just going to stop trying. Just because it’s October doesn’t mean you need to see a scary movie.

Are there any redeemable qualities? I would say there are very few. It did do a good job connecting the prequel to the original movie, and it’s a pretty original concept, but it’s just that this movie was written, directed, acted and produced without a hint of creative direction in any way, shape or form. Ouija: Origin of Evil fills up the checklist for modern horror and does nothing else.

I’m failing Ouija not just for being a bad movie, but for being a movie that really shouldn’t exist.

Grade: F

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