Ouija: Origin of Evil Trailer

Ouija made over $100 million worldwide. For a horror movie that cost $5 million, that was a more than impressive haul for the Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse Productions’ film (which they actually reshot half of, due to poor test scores). With that level of success, a sequel was inevitable, even though Ouija probably didn’t leave too many people clamoring for a sequel. Ouija: Origin of Evil, as the title indicates, technically isn’t a sequel; it’s a prequel.

Below, watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer.

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I recently caught up with 2014’s Ouija and I was simply bowled over by its badness. My standards are low enough that I enjoyed the (underrated?) but poorly received Annabelle that same year, so that probably says something about the languid, overly lit, predictable, and just plain not scary Ouija. However, the film did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel and Universal has made a bold move with Ouija: Origin of Evil. Rather than simply churn out another movie in the same mold, they’ve hired a strong director who filmed a screenplay that seemingly has nothing to do with the first movie beyond its title.

You can check out this course correction in a new extended TV spot and it’s remarkable just how different this movie looks from its predecessor.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer

2014’s Ouija was a waste of a halfway decent idea, a lazy cash grab cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better movies. But it cost $5 million to make and grossed over $100 million worldwide, so you know what that means: we’re getting a sequel. Or rather, a prequel.

As the title suggests, Ouija: Origin of Evil goes back to earlier times. Specifically the 1960s, even though Ouija boards were actually invented in the late 19th century and evil definitely goes back way further than that. Anyway, the trouble begins when a fake medium (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson) accidentally summon a very real and very nasty spirit. Watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer after the jump.  Read More »