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Review of Ouija: Origin of Evil

Selena Rodriguez

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Ouija: Origin of Evil written and directed by Mark Flanagan is a paranormal film that explores the dangers of Ouija boards and vengeful spirits. The movie is set in Los Angeles in 1967. Alice, mother of two, decides to use a Ouija board as a prop in her business of false clairvoyance. Spirits long trapped in the house use the Ouija board to begin to possess the youngest daughter Doris. Alice becomes blind to the inherent danger her family is in because of her want to help others talk to their loved ones as well as to talk to her own deceased husband. In short, the danger becomes all too real, and the family does not survive the torment of the spirits, namely the one possessing Doris.
Overall, this was a well-made movie. Revealing the demon early-on was different and rather enjoyable. While much of the fear came from jump-scares, there was an important “creep factor” to this movie. The young actress who played Doris played her part well and helped to build fear about what would become of the family by the way she portrayed the demon’s progressive anger. The movie furthered viewers’ fear by allowing no one to survive the torment and straying away from the normal happy ending.

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