Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Supernatural themes.

  • The pitch:

    Oui! Oui! Ja! Ja!

  • Starring:

    Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Henry Thomas, Packer Mack, Doug Jones

  • Directed by:

    Mike Flanagan

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are possessed, hit with objects, stabbed, thrown/bent backwards, restrained, mouth-grabbed, hanged, teased by school bullies, grabbed, pursued, dragged, throat-grabbed. A shadowy creature rams a fist down a child's throat. A child climbs up a wall/walks upside down on a ceiling/speaks in others' voices. A woman presses her fingernail into a boy's palm. Objects are slammed with fists, knocked over, burned. Objects move by themselves. Screaming, arguing, demonic whispering. Man hit and killed by drink driver mentioned. Thumping/banging sounds. Torture room seen. Nazi Germany, concentration camps, human experiments mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody elbows, fingers, objects, head, nose, writing. Skeletons, skulls. Peeling skin. Suturing. Mouths stitched/sealed up. Characters with white/milky eyes, sealed mouth, long/open mouths, glowing eyes, dark/inky skin, long fingers. Shadowy creatures, dark arms/hands. Cutting out tongues, sealing mouths to conceal screams, cancer, heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. A teen couple kiss. A woman warns a boy not to touch her daughter. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Teens drink an unknown alcoholic drink (let's assume it was spirits). Loved one hit by drink driver (fatal) mentioned. A child swallows painkillers.

  • LANGUAGE:

    A-word, b*tch, cr*p. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (God, Heaven, Christ, what the hell, the devil; Bible quotes, prayer).

  • THEMES:

    Seances, scams, evil presences, ouija boards, spirit possession, widowers, single parenting, 1960s, first kisses, nightmares, psychiatry, sisters, mother-daughter relationships.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead mother, dead sister, dead boyfriend. Dead wife, dead father/husband mentioned. Basement, lunatic asylum settings. Foreclosure notice. Palm-reading. Fortune telling, tarot, exorcism mentioned. End-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Chilling, nerve-racking, smart, stylish, artful, self-aware, refined, calculated, satisfying, frightening, scary, inventive, horrifying, surprising, emotional, unsettling, suspenseful, fun. Impressive/strong performances, top-notch jump scares, nuanced/likable/convincing characterisations, psychologically complex, old-fashioned storytelling, impeccable/sumptuous/elegant/autumnal cinematography, perfect set design/costumes, clever credit sequences.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Becomes a little silly/fomulaic/clichéd toward the end.

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