Released in theaters to little fanfare and forgotten relatively quickly by the sands of cinematic time, 2014 horror film ‘Ouija’ never really seemed to be anything special. The movie, however, cost next-to-nothing to make, so with a budget of a paltry $5 million, its worldwide box office take of over $103 million made it one of the most surprising successes of the year, from a commercial standpoint. It’s no shock, then, that Universal green-lit a second film, in an attempt to see if all financial signs can once again point to YES.
Producer Jason Blum, owner of Blumhouse Productions and new-age King of the Horror Film, has decided to take the second ‘Ouija’ film into prequel territory, telling an “origin tale” of sorts for the mythical, spirit-infused board game. The first trailer for the movie has arrived, and the film will take up residence in theaters the week before Halloween, an obviously smart move.
Take a peek at the trailer below, and let us know what you think!
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’ will be released in US theaters on October 24, 2016.
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