With summer winding down, fall is just around the corner, which means we'll be getting a few new scary movies timed just for the Halloween season. One new horror sequel hitting theaters this October is Universal's prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil, which has unleashed a terrifying TV trailer following the poster that dropped last week. This video offers more insight into the terrors that a family of con artists unwittingly unleash, taking the franchise in a completly insane, all-new direction.
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit boardOuija: 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.
Elizabeth Reaser leads a cast that includes Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, Lin Shaye and Annalise Basso. This horror sequel marks the second Blumhouse franchise Lin Shaye is involved in, after starring as Elise Rainer in all three Insidious movies, and the upcoming Insidious Chapter 4. The supporting cast is rounded out by Sam Anderson, Eve Gordon, Parker Mack, Ele Keats and Lincoln Melcher.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum, alongside Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis. 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. The original Ouija earned $50.8 million domestic and $103.5 million worldwide from a $5 million budget, with the sequel being produced with a $6 million budget.
Ouija: Origin of Evil has been given an October 21 release date, which has become the most crowded weekend of 2016 with five new releases. Also opening on that date is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Keeping Up With the Joneses, Boo! A Madea Halloween and I'm Not Ashamed. Focus Features was originally set to debut A Monster Calls on that weekend, but it was recently pushed up to December 23, giving it a push towards awards season contention. Take a look at this TV spot from Ouija: Origin of Evil, along with a terrifying new photo, to prepare yourself for this horror sequel.