Does Ouija: Origin Of Evil Deserve A “Terrifying” Rating?

Critics Call Ouija “Terrifying,” Does It Deserve That Honor?

It’s the spooky time of year, which means extra spooky movies. Critics and fans have been raving about Ouija: Origin of Evil since it’s release on October 21st.

The film takes place in the 1960’s around a widowed mother and her two daughters. To make a living the mother runs a scam business of talking to dead spirits and her girls help her. But when she adds a new prop, the one and only Ouija game of course, those spirits overtake her youngest daughter in a thriller that fills the theater with screams.

The movie is produced by many greats that have had their hands in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Andrew Form), The Purge and Insidious Series (Jason Blum). Scary is a theme in this movies production cast.

So let’s get to the good part. Will the movie scare you? Yes, in fact be sure to use the bathroom before watching this movie for the first time. The film ties in action and horror to keep the movie from dulling out.

Due to a great performance by Lulu Wilson, who plays Doris Zander, the movie received an 80% rating from rotten tomatoes. Of course performances by Elizabeth Reaser and Annalise Basso did help and in all the cast was spot on for this movie.

Photo: Variety
Photo: Variety

It’s also not your typical predictable scary movie.

While there were some parts that you could tell something was coming, most of the movie kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what terrifying thing was about to happen next.

The film keeps the audience engaged throughout the whole things, but here is the one downfall: the ending. It suddenly took a turn for weird when the film was trying to wrap up the story. Yes it was still creepy and scary, but definitely add weird to the mix.

As filmmakers were trying to set the film up to have a sequel, they failed in keeping it clear and flowing. The ending totally lost my interest as they set it up for the sequel and I’m not sure how well a sequel will honestly play off of it though they do have a lot of questions left unanswered.

Photo: Universal Pictures
Photo: Universal Pictures

All in all,I give this movie a thumbs up and I’m interested to see what comes next from Ouija, but just remember one thing: don’t play in a graveyard.

Ouija is sitting third in the box office right now, bringing in $14.1 million. Boo! A Madea Halloween and Jack Reacher are ahead of the scary thriller.

The film received an audience score of 65% with ratings averaging 3.5/5. Out of 80 reviews, 64 were fresh while 16 were rotten.

This is the perfect creepy date night movie, especially if you have someone to snuggle up next to for the rest of the night. It’ll leave you completely creeped out and needing a fresh dose of cartoons before going to sleep at night.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.