Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ouija: Origin of Evil ★★★★

This feels, in a number of ways, like Flanagan's most complete - and from the looks of it, his most ravishing - film yet, displaying a total mastery of tone and technique and passing both off as if it's nothing. Continues not only Flanagan's understated feminist streak but also his obsession with deconstructing a well-established family dynamic, once again finding resonance in what holds us together as opposed to what tears us apart. He is single-handedly injecting honest tragedy back into the contemporary American horror film and it's a beautiful thing. Could have used a stronger ending and the spooky CG effects are a bit much at times but overall this is delectably intricate in its craftsmanship; reinventing the wheel in the moment before returning from whence it came, to a reality that does not deserve it where it doesn't seem to have such aspirations. If I could remain in Flanagan's phantasmagorical portal forever, I wouldn't think twice about it.

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