This film is proof that hiring a skilled, gifted director who puts forth actual thought, care, and craftsmanship into a film, regardless of the property it’s a part of, will ultimately lead to incredibly powerful, successful results. The original Ouija is a generic, trashy, lazy film with absolutely no vision or creativity, so it’s almost unbelievable that Ouija: Origin of Evil is such a spectacularly crafted, smartly executed, deliciously creepy film; thank you Mike Flanagan (a similar example of a recent horror sequel being much superior in quality to the original is Annabelle: Creation...hire talented directors!).
As a dedicated horror fanatic who is immune to all things creepy, this film actually had some brilliantly horrifying imagery that legitimately freaked me out, which is not a frequent occurrence. On top of that, the old-school aesthetic was perfectly captured and helped build a wonderfully spooky atmosphere. Plus, like all great horror films, it’s rooted in drama, and has a compelling emotional core.