Ouija (2014)

Ouija (2014)
  • Time: 89 min
  • Genre: Horror
  • Director: Stiles White
  • Cast: Douglas Smith, Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff


A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren’t meant to be played with, especially the ‘other side’.


  • There are couple of ingredients that make a good scary movie. You have to have a interesting story that has some mythology behind it. Believable acting, as well as original camera set ups, atmospheric lighting backed up by a eerie sound and music design. But most of all the antagonist that has to have some truly frightening quality about him or her. Every decade has it’s super villains. In 80’s we had Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees. Michael Myers. In 90’s the horror genre had “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “It”, “Scream” franchise, and by the end of 90’s”The Blair Witch Project” that started the whole found footage phenomenon which basically continued through 2000’s with “Paranormal Activity”, and other horrors like “The Ring”, “The Grudge” and “The Others”, etc. 2010 started with an impressive and in my opinion one of the greatest horror movies of all time “Insidious” and continued with couple of descend horrors like “The Conjuring” and very good “The Cabin in the Woods”. Specially “Insidious” proved that you don’t have to have gigantic budget to create an frightening atmospheric horror and sometime lack of a big budget forces the filmmakers to be extra imaginative in their creation. “Ouija” is based in someway on a gimmick of using ouija board as a medium of communication between world of spirit and matter. It is always dangerous to create movie based on a concept alone and “Ouija” oozes of one dimensionality.

    “A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.”

    This American remake of Filipino horror movie feels like a cheap student movie that got opportunity do be elevated to a mainstream Hollywood production. The actors do a decent job to maintain our interest in the script written by numbers but the story feels so predictable that after a while we are easily able to predict what will happen next and to not give it away to much, it all comes down to a consequence of what happens when you mingle with dark forces. The actors are all attractive which in someway, I suppose were casted to distract us form predictable story. But I can see them getting more work and better acting challenges which this film did not offer.

    The only redeeming part in this otherwise mediocre production is presence of Lin Shaye who slowly becoming a queen of horror movies. Her supporting role steals the movie in terms of believability and she is literally in 3 scenes which end up being the most reach in characterization and believability. Her supporting role might be the only reason to see this otherwise mediocre movie. The only reason why I did not give “Ouija” one star is a presence of Lin Shaye so that tells you what to expect.
    (** out of 10)
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  • First off the story of “Ouija” is very good, it is well thought out and builds up rather nicely. The problem is that while the build up of the story is good, the film tends to end almost straight away. It is slow to start but this is actually a good thing as you are introduced to the characters, and fully aware of what is going on. However, once the viewers are aware of the storyline the film tends to speed up and rush towards what can only be described as a very abrupt ending.

    I adore a good jump scare, and this film on a couple of occasions didn’t disappoint. The story as mentioned is very well thought out and could have been fantastic, but it is ruined as it has been rushed. Overall it isn’t a bad movie, there isn’t any disgusting filth in it (like most horror films nowadays) and it is worth a watch. 6/10.

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