Director: Stiles White
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos, Douglas Smith
Keep telling yourself it’s just a game
Debbie and Laine grew up together and are now in their college years. Debbie has found her old Ouija board game that the two used to play with when they were younger. One night Debbie plays with the board alone and ends up dead.
Her death is considered to be a suicide, something that Laine can’t accept. Laine gathers and convinces her best friends that the answer lies within the Ouija board and that they all together should play it to try to find out what happened to their friend, but you can never be sure who is answering when you are asking a Ouija board questions…
The popular horror company Blumhouse is back again with another supernatural horror film to keep the young crowds entertained. This time they have partnered up with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes company to deliver a film based on the old board game Ouija, a game that actually is created to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
It’s no arguing that we are in the trend of supernatural films, mostly ghost films that are contained within one house. While I do think that this trend has delivered some great and future classics of the genre, I do think that the haunted house trend is getting a bit too old and over saturated by now. Ouija isn’t really a haunted house movie though, or is it…
The cast is just horrible. They all look more dead than vampires and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were told to act very “Twilightish” here. There’s just no life to these characters and they all look bored out of their minds here. I also hope that teens aren’t this easily convinced to play with spirit boards as Laine’s friends are here. No one questions the idea of playing with a board to communicate with their dead friend?
There’s also plenty of other plot holes aswell. The teens run out of a house after being attacked by a spirit and as soon as they are outside they feel safe, right outside the door… Was there something preventing the evil spirit to attack them there? We had at that point already seen the spirit do stuff way away from the house earlier in the film.
The scares also don’t work. It seems like the filmmakers have watched Insidious too many times and want to try to replicate the work of James Wan, and they do a miserable job of it. The guy behind this is Stiles White, a guy who has been writing screenplays to Boogeyman (2005) and The Possession. This is his first feature as a director and the inexperience does show. He has experience doing screenplays though and you should be able to expect better dialogue
Ouija might be another home run for Blumhouse financially, but it is one of their poorer outputs so far. The film plays like most of the other supernatural movies that have been made the last five years and there’s not much new it has to offer. The best part of it is a supporting role by Lin Shaye, other than that there’s not much to recommend here.