Flashback to 1967, when a struggling medium and her two complicit young daughters opt to incorporate the titular finger-powered planchette into the family act. Mom writes off the con as “healing people through showmanship” until the day dear dead dad’s spirit takes to the board and proceeds to spell out doom. More than just a prequel or a clone with a number tacked on the end of the title, here’s one sequel that owes thankfully little to its predecessor. That’s far and away the most shocking element of Ouija 2, providing one discounts the horrifying realization that Ouija made enough money to warrant a sequel. To his credit, writer-director Mike Flanagan takes a good hour before an uncanny resemblance to every other possessed kid picture begins to spook the proceedings. And were the cue marks that flash past every 18 minutes digital tributes to the ghost of projectionists past? Elizabeth Reaser shines as the concerned mom, as does Henry Thomas as her priestly love interest. (2016) — Scott Marks
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