Serving as the prequel to 2014’s Ouija, Ouija: Origin of Evil is all set to deliver another Blumhouse Productions spookfest about the unfriendly spirit board. Featuring an all-new cast of characters and actors in a story that takes place in Los Angeles, California circa 1967 (fifty years prior to the first installment in the series), director Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and frequent co-writer Jeff Howard are set to thrill and terrify horror genre fans worldwide when their new movie releases later this fall.
Despite the fact that the first film in the series failed to generate much in the way of positive word-of-mouth from critics, Ouija: Origin of Evil looks ready to deliver a more finely tuned take on the original feature’s admittedly clichéd narrative premise. Flanagan has managed to deliver some interesting horror movies in the past, and the latest trailer for Origin of Evil promises plenty more scares to come.
Just in time for the 2016 Halloween season, Flanagan’s forthcoming horror movie is all set to transport the franchise into the past, with plenty of visual and narrative flourishes that resemble such classic genre staples as The Omen and The Amityville Horror.
Check out the official plot synopsis for Ouija: Origin of Evil below:
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
Given the box office success achieved by the first film in the series, it appears likely that Ouija: Origin of Evil will turn a profit even if it fails to impress critics. Though Ouija wasn’t particularly well received, perhaps Flanagan and Howard will be able to imbue the property with a little more ingenuity and flare the second time around.
Ouija: Origin of Evil will see theatrical release in the U.S. on October 21, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures