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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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Even though the horror flick Ouija, inspired by the spirit board that has been said to allow users to speak to people in the afterlife, wasn’t a massive hit at the box office last year, it still pulled in $100 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million. That made it profitable enough for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro to move forward with a sequel, which was announced back in January.
The first movie was absolutely terrible, and the paltry 7% on Rotten Tomatoes reinforces that. However, now there’s a chance that the sequel could be better with with Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan directing Ouija 2. Plus, one of his stars from the aforementioned superior psychological horror flick is coming with him. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ouija 2 is officially happening. Universal has set Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) to script the board game-based horror sequel, which is now scheduled to arrive next year. Get more details on Ouija 2 after the jump. Read More »
I have a vague recollection of seeing Ouija in the theater. I remember walking in, I remember Olivia Cooke and that iconic board game. I also have a weird memory of a finale in a basement. But that’s basically it. Suffice to say, the movie didn’t stick with me. It wasn’t that scary or compelling and I haven’t really thought about it since.
But no matter. The film only cost $5 million, had a $20 million opening, grossed $50 million domestic and another $30 million and change internationally. $5 million to make almost $85 million? That’s something film producers remember. Because of that, a Ouija sequel is in the works. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Board game movies aren’t quite as common now as we might have guessed a few years ago, when Hasbro put about a million of them into development. But they aren’t entirely dead. There’s one coming this fall based on the slumber party staple Ouija, from Knowing writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White.
While that admittedly sounds terrible in theory, the new Ouija trailer offers hope that it could be quite a bit better than the phrase “board game movie” would suggest. Watch the Ouija trailer after the jump.
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There’s a little bit of new footage in this trailer for Ouija, the film that shows what happens when kids use that dangerous tool of the devil, the Ouija board, to contact dead friends. Some people use the board to craft weird and potentially embarrassing moments at parties, but the people in the film find themselves connected to some evil force that is hell-bent on their destruction. Which is like some parties, I guess. Check out the Ouija trailer below. Read More »