So someone’s best friend dies and everyone think that she’s committed suicide. However, there’s more to the story than people are realizing, and most of it seems to be revolving around this Ouija board. Her friends find this thing and decided to use it to try to get in contact with their deceased friend, and then everything goes wrong.
As I said, Michael Bay produced this movie. He produced the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), the remake of The Amityville Horror (2005), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), the remake of The Hitcher (2007), The Unborn (2009), Friday the 13th (2009), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
After reading those titles, would it really shock you that much if I told you this movie sucked? Well, it sucked.
Watching this movie, I tried to get in the mindset of the writer, what were they thinking, and I mean that in the serious way.
While the movie is called Ouija, so obviously we have to have some Ouija board playing in the movie, right? Yea, we do. So how many time do you think we tangibly make these characters play the Ouija board before everyone calls BS on them because so much weird crap in that thing. Probably like 3 or 4 times. Okay, so we have like 3 or 4 Ouija board sessions in this movie right?
So, what’s going to happen when they’re not playing the Ouija board? They’ll talk about Ouija board, they’ll think about it, and we’ll have shots about it, they’ll go to school and their jobs, and they’ll just kind of do craps when they’re not playing the Ouija board. That’s what the movie feels like. In fact, I learned that a large portions of this was re-shot. Which make a lot of sense, because what’s certain thing come to life in this movie about what’s actually going on below the surface about what “this thing” actually wants? None of the movie make sense anymore.
So there are great twists in the movie where you begin to look back in the movie, rethink the entire thing, and that’s an awesome and very smart thing that a writer can do. When he turns the table on you and the rest of the movie still make sense. The twists in this movie cheat more than a dumb bully in school. The entire film doesn’t make sense anymore once you actually learn what’s happening. I want to explain about the twists but it would be a spoiler.
That being said though this isn’t an obnoxiously bad horror film, you can sit and probably watch this movie, you’ll be bored, it wont be very entertaining, but it’s not going to make you hate yourself. It’s actually a nice looking movie, it’s well shot, it’s a sleek looking picture for the most part.
The screenplay is so stupid though, there are so many laughable lines between these characters that by the way, are just the most disposable horror characters on the face of the earth.
The best part of this movie is like the opening ten minutes. The rest of the movie after that is just like a downhill ride into oblivion. It’s a stupid movie that is barely scary. It’s a bunch of loud noises. The only time I even jumped in this movie was when somebody was there and it was their friend, the light turned on and then a loud boom noise. Well, it’s not scary, it’s not fun, it’s not enjoyable, and it’s not frightening in the least. It’s just a sound effect.
I do not regret the decision I made before I saw Ouija. I purchased a ticket for John Wick (2014) and walked into Ouija instead because I knew I had to see Ouija. And I wanted to support John Wick, not this movie. Seriously, go see John Wick. I saw it. It’s amazing. That movie deserve your support, not this.
Director: Stiles White
Writers: Juliet Snowden (screenplay), Stiles White (screenplay)
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff
Duration: 89 min