Film #17 of the Halloween 31
I didn't see the first "Ouija" in theaters, but I saw it when it came out on home video, and I enjoyed it as a cheesy, poorly-made horror film. When I saw the trailer for the prequel, I thought that it looked really interesting, and could potentially be scary, then the good reviews started coming it. While I don't think that it's quite as good as the reviews would imply, it is definitely a much better film than most of the genre.
The point in which this film most excels is its character development. Whereas the characters in the first film were just archetypes, there is some depth given to the characters in this film. The first hour or so is primarily to get the audience to sympathize for the character, and it does so effectively. To keep the film interesting for those in it primarily for the scares, there are some effective, short bursts of intensity during this point, which help keep the pace of the film. The last half hour is extremely intense, but still has the emotional element that makes the film stand out. As a side note, I found it interesting that this film is heavily reliant on a character that was added to the first film during reshoots.
The cinematography is very good, with some interesting shots adding to the eerie tone of the film or further developing the atmosphere of being in that time period. The choice to use the old Universal logo was good, as it gives the film more of an antique feel, however, they also added cue marks, seemingly for the same purpose. I didn't like this choice, as it was somewhat obtrusive and looked highly digitized.
So overall, I really liked "Ouija: Origin of Evil". It is an above-average horror film, but there have been better horror films released this year.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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