Ouija: Origin of Evil ★★★½

2016 is a great fucking year for horror movies and Mike Flanagan's 'Ouija: Origin of Evil' is one of the reasons why. Though it brings nothing new to the horror table, Flanagan able to executed the hell out of this period-piece - which after that awfully bland first movie made it seems like an unwanted sequel - brilliantly. The pleasure is in the details.

Just like many other other great horror movies this year, Flanagan took his time to build the story and characters instead of lazily trying to scare the audience with sudden noises or false alarms. Sure they're not the most original story or characters and mostly predictable figures - especially if you're a horror fan - but Flanagan managed to keep the feel of the story fresh, doubling down on the scares and unfolding the story with horrific twists and turns. The cast also does a really great job with their interesting, thoughtful performances for their characters. Annalise Basso and the child actor, Lulu Wilson, are exceptionally good.

'Ouija: Origin of Evil' is set in the suburbs of California in the late '60s and Flanagan, ladies and gentlemen, has put a lot of efforts to replicate the look and feel of that era. Beginning with the retro Universal Pictures logo, an old-fashioned title card to the atmosphere of film reels. The movie shot digitally but Flanagan puts the older look and "cigarette burns" - cue marks used in motion picture film prints to signal the projectionist that a particular reel of a movie is ending and placed on the right-hand upper corner of a frame of the film - throughout the movie. All of these elements made it feel like the movie is actually being shown on a 35mm projector.

Overall, 'Ouija: Origin of Evil' is a genuine horror flicks that works seriously good.