LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - 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 seance 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.
Universal has given Ouija: Origin of Evil an Oct. 20 release date in Australia. Mike Flanagan directs from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard. None of the cast from Ouija was brought back.
Watch the trailer