Coming Distractions: Signs point to the Ouija sequel sucking less than its predecessor

Thanks to its predecessor’s fleeting reign atop the domestic box office thanks to a combination of savvy timing and lack of other horror movies out that Halloween, the world is now being Satanically blessed with a new Ouija movie, Ouija: Origin Of Evil. And in keeping with the first movie’s distinct eau d’focus group, the trailer for the horror sequel conjures up (get it??) images of studio executives leaning back in their ridiculously expensive ergonomic chairs and saying, “Those Conjuring movies make a lot of money. Just do that.”

There’s the retro ’60s setting, for one, and the possessed little girl being bent backwards by some sort of unspeakable force, and the dusty phonograph playing Herman’s Hermits on repeat. It all seems damningly derivative, but with Mike Flanagan—who recently directed the buzzed-about home-invasion thriller Hush—at the helm, Ouija: Origin Of Evil might be …

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