Ouija: Review by Holly Bareham

Ouija

Again, another late review but as I explained in my review for ‘The Babadook’, I just got a Cineworld Unlimited card so I have been going out way more recently.

I watched this film last Saturday with my friend and then today by myself. I didn’t watch it again because it was absolutely amazing or anything, it’s just it was Friday night and I wanted to be out the house. Maybe I wanted to see if I had the guts to watch a horror film at the cinema by myself. Turns out, wasn’t that scary the second time around.

So the storyline is about these two girls who played with Ouija boards when they were kids. Now that they’re older one of them, Debbie, played it again and died about a week later. Her friend, Laine, was absolutely devastated as she was the last one to see her before she died and she didn’t get to say goodbye properly. Wanting to say a proper goodbye, Laine convinces three of her friends and her sister to go to Debbie’s house to use the Ouija board in an attempt to contact her. This leads to a supernatural presence harassing them.

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Okay, so the acting wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t exactly Oscar-worthy either. That might be because we don’t really know an awful lot about the characters. For example, Laine and her sister Sarah’s mother either walked out on them or died a few years ago yet their absent-mother isn’t really explored. It’s more like an excuse as to why the parents of these teenagers never seem to be around. Shortly after Debbie’s death, Laine’s Dad goes away on a business trip. Even though his daughter’s best friend has just died? I don’t think so.

There’s not really a lot that can be said about this film. It was just an average horror film. Supernatural occurrences happened. The characters got scared. They went looking for help on how to get rid of the spirit plaguing them. It was okay, I guess. I think it was better than ‘Annabelle’. It did make me jump a few times when I first watched it. When I went back and watched it alone it wasn’t as scary. However, that might have been because the cinema was packed with teenagers and it was kind of funny to watch everyone shitting themselves.

Unlike ‘The Babadook’ that was in cinemas at the same time, there is no deep meaning behind this film. You don’t have to think too hard about it. It’s a simple horror movie that relies on cliches and cheap scares. This was Stile White’s first film that he directed and I wasn’t particularly impressed.

Honestly, I can’t think of anything else to write about this film. I’d recommend it to someone looking for a few scares. It won’t leave any lasting impact on you though unless you’re really easily scared. I’d recommend it to my friend who wants to try a Ouija board in an attempt to put her off using it.

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