Ouija

Ouija

Ouija

Directed By: Stiles White
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Darren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos, Douglas Smith, Shelley Hennig, Sierra Heuermann, Lin Shaye, Vivis Colombetti, et. al.
Rated: PG-13
Grade: C

After her best friend Debbie suddenly commits suicide, Laine Morris decides the best way to figure out what happened to her friend is to play with the Ouija board Debbie was playing with before she died. Having been asked to Debbie’s parents house after they leave to get away for awhile, Lanie invites over some of hers and Debbie’s mutual friends to play the game with her. As the group settles in, they soon realize that, not only are they actually contacting spirits, but the ones they’re contacting aren’t their friend. Initially believing that if they quit playing, the spirits will leave, the group heads home, but they soon realize that’s not the case after one of the group that played dies. As they try to learn more about the spirits they unleashed, Laine and her friends try to keep the entities from harming them so they can figure out a way to send them back to where they came from.

As far as teen paranormal thrillers go, this one is painfully average. The story is fairly straightforward, with little to no background given as to what made the board evil, and there’s little info about the mythos surrounding Ouija boards outside of a short Fact or Fiction-type video that Laine watches after first realizing they contacted an actual spirit. The acting is only so-so, and the chemistry between characters is stilted. Instead of developing character stories so we actually care when they start to get killed off, the movies jumps right to a sequence of haunted house scenes with jump scares and low lighting.

The special effects are okay. The ghost effects are decent, and I didn’t notice anything off about the background filler. The few practical effects used also seem to be done well.

As far as teen horrors go, there are definitely better choices out there, unless you prefer horror movies that aren’t very scary throughout most of the run-time. It would serve well as background noise when you’re too busy to pay attention to what you’re watching, and the plot is straightforward, so you won’t lose anything if you step out of the room for a minute.

Ouija isn’t available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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