Enter the circle with the new trailer for Ouija: Origin of Evil

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Sep 8, 2016, 5:15 PM EDT

The sequel to 2014's unexpected horror hit actually looks pretty good!

The newest trailer for Universal Pictures' Ouija: Origin of Evil has arrived, and when I say it looks good, I mean it looks like the movie is out of its mind. As noted earlier, the film is sort of a prequel set in 1965, but aside from the period environment and the use of the famous board game as a springboard back into the occult, this film piles on a whole lot of freaky imagery that nods toward films like The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie and other classics.

The first Ouija was not glowingly reviewed by either critics (7% on Rotten Tomatoes) or audience members (a "C" on Cinemascore) but inexplicably made more than $103 million worldwide. On a budget of $5 million, that's like free money. But what gives us hope about the sequel is that the director and co-writer is Mike Flanagan, who made the excellent Oculus a few years ago and whose other recent film, Before I Wake, is still awaiting release. He recruited his writing partner on those pictures, Jeff Howard, to help out on this one too, so the prequel might just have an advantage over the original in that the filmmaker understands the horror genre.
Ouija: Origin of Evil stars Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson and Henry Thomas and arrives on Oct. 21. The official synopsis is below. Will this new trailer point and move you into the theater to watch?
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.