Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Superior in every which way to the underwhelming 2014 original, this prequel recalls 2016’s “Lights Out,” with its focus on atmosphere and design over jump scares and loud noises like its own predecessor. However, after a strong start, it’s hard not to notice that it gets repetitive and ho-hum, but getting there is a pleasure: The first half co-opts the look and feel of vintage horror classics, with young Lulu Wilson delivering a creepy, magnetic performance that can give even a seasoned horror veteran like myself a few chills. But melodrama takes over the second half and the movie’s momentum sputters, but not before suggesting a better, richer movie just at arm’s length.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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