Evil, unsurprisingly, dominates in the trailer for Universal’s “Ouija: Origin of Evil” with a small girl named Doris — played with malevolent intensity by Lulu Wilson — being overtaken by a merciless force.
“Do you know what it feels like to be strangled to death?” she asks at one point.
The movie, a prequel to the 2014 hit “Ouija,” is set in 1965 Los Angeles as a widowed mother (played by Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their at-home séance scam business. The strains of Herman’s Hermits’ relentlessly upbeat 1964 hit “Something Good” provide a strong counterpoint to the growing evil-doings in the trailer.
Henry Thomas, best remembered as Elliot from “E.T. — The Extraterrestrial,” plays a concerned priest from Doris’ school. “I believe she is channeling powers we do not understand,” he says with urgency.
Producers are Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form; Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum; Hasbro’s Brian Goldner; and Stephen Davis.