Every Halloween a movie studio manages to capitalize on audiences wanting to go see a horror movie to go along with the theme of the holiday. This year, it is once again Blumhouse with a prequel to their 2014 horror flick Ouija. With the release date drawing near, Universal Pictures has just released the second full-length trailer for Ouija: Origins of Evil.
The trailer made its way onto YouTube on Thursday and if you weren't already sold on the movie, this trailer probably won't change your mind. On the flip side, if you were already sold on the idea of another movie in the Ouija universe, this latest trailer probably knocked your socks off. The movie takes place in 1967, decades before the events of the first Ouija and centers around a mom and her two daughters who pick up an Ouija board to help scam clients for their phony seance business. Things start to go awry when the youngest daughter Doris (Lulu Wilson) becomes inhabited by an evil spirit. That's what you get for scamming nice folks out of money.
This new trailer for Ouija: Origins of Evil recycles a lot of the money shots from the previous trailer, but it does feature a decent chunk of new footage. The first movie heavily relied on a by the numbers formula for horror, and this movie also seems to have a lot of common tropes in it. There were a couple of cool things to note. The classic Universal logo and the use of "Time of the Season" by The Zombies, just to name a couple, however, the highlight was no doubt the creepy speech given by Doris at the end of the trailer, where she is talking in great detail about what it is like to be strangled to death, which was punctuated by the million dollar smile and the line "goodnight, Romeo." Seriously, that was messed up.
Despite the fact that Ouija was, to say the least not a beloved movie, as it currently has a dreadful 7 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a very poor 25 percent audience score, it did very well at the box office. The movie made $103 million worldwide from a reported budget of just $5 million. So, it makes a lot of sense that Universal and Blumhouse would want to do a sequel. Say what you will about the quality of many of the movies that Blumhouse makes, they definitely know how to turn a large profit from a very small budget. The studio did take a slightly higher risk with Ouija: Origin of Evil though, as they increased the budget by 20 percent to $6 million. Hold onto your wallets, everyone.
Stiles White did not return to direct Ouija: Origin of Evil. Instead, Blumhouse brought on Mike Flanagan, who actually has a really good track record with horror movies. His movies Absentia and the Netflix exclusive (also from Blumhouse) Hush were both critically very well-liked, and he also directed Oculus, which brought in $44 million on a $5 million budget. Flanagan co-write the script for the movie with Jeff Howard which stars Doug Jones, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson and Annalise Basso. Ouija: Origin of Evil hits theaters on October 21. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself below.