It’s not as if films based on board games is an entirely new concept. It’s just one that hasn’t worked out really well. But one that seems to have survived is Ouija. In 2014, the first film based on the “spritualistic” board from Hasbro came out and grossed $103.5 million. Not bad considering it was made on a $5 million budget.
So with that kind of performance, you bet they were going to move forward with another movie. Now we are getting our first look at Ouija: Origin of Evil, a prequel to the first film. Check out the teaser below.
The film takes us back to 1960s Los Angeles where a mother who runs a fake séance business with the help of her daughters. To add to the “belief” that she can speak to the dead, the mother purchases a Ouija board. However, when the youngest daughter uses it to speak to her dead father, she makes unexpected contact with a spirit who then inhabits her body. Now strange things are happening in the neighborhood, and it is up to mommy dearest to save her daughter from causing any more harm.
As far as tone goes, the film looks and feels pretty one-dimensional and lacks anything that makes us want to care about these characters. But maybe Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard‘s script can surprise us. The two were also behind Oculus, and look how that turned out. Not to mention Jason Blum, who also produces, has made a killing off these films with extremely low budgets. Michael Bay and Brad Fuller also return as producers.
Here’s the official premise:
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. Ouija: Origin of Evil is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purge series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (Transformers and G.I. Joe series) and Stephen Davis (Ouija). Mike Flanagan directs from a screenplay he wrote with his Oculus and Before I Wake collaborator, Jeff Howard, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Ouija: Origin of Evil stars Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, Annalise Basso, and Lulu Wilson, and opens in theaters on October 21, 2016.