Fortune telling swindler Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser of Stay), with the assistance of daughters Lina (Annalise Basso, Oculus) and Doris (Lulu Wilson), makes a living conning people out of their money; things change, however, when Alice decides to add a Ouija board to her props, and suddenly the restless spirits really do begin communicating with the family. Set in 1967, this is a prequel to the 2014 film Ouija, and lays the groundwork nicely for that film. There really is a lot to like about this movie, and it starts with the retro Universal opening, and continues with the 1970s looking title. Director Mike Flanagan (Hush) continues the throwback awesomeness with some interesting post production decisions, including inserting cigarette burns, fading in and out and abrupt scene changes. Unfortunately, the acting brings the movie down quite a bit, especially Wilson, who fails to deliver the creepiness one would expect in this role. Flanagan also relies far too much on jump scares, and the cliched demon voice is present throughout--this is not to say there is nothing scary in the film; in fact, some scenes are terrifying, and Wilson does look frightening at times.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7