With the impending release of the prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil in cinemas we take a look back at the film it leads into, Ouija.
Leading into Ouija Blumhouse were on a horror hot streak, having released terrific horrors such as Insidious, The Conjuring, The Purge, and Sinister. Then Ouija happened. Directed by Stiles White, the screenwriter behind The Possession and Boogeyman, the film follows a circle of friends who try to understand the mysterious suicide of one of their group by using a ouija board to communicate with them. The plan fires back when an unknown spirit answers their questions putting the group in peril.
Sure the story sounds common, and it is, but when it comes to the supernatural subgenre if you can be creative with your direction and scares then you can still craft a cunningly scary film. However Ouija exhibits neither traits because not only are the attempts to scare you pathetically tame, there aren’t actually any scares to be inventive with. In fact it’s actually shocking how little supernatural there is to the film considering it’s dealing with ouija boards and spirits. Without any effective frights the film falls back on the story and acting, which as you might have guessed isn’t strong enough to carry the already light weight of the film.
If you haven’t seen Ouija don’t feel obliged to see it before the prequel, in fact don’t feel obliged to watch it at all. The only thing reasonable about the 90 minutes it’s on for are the production values, but they aren’t enough to mask the actors too old to be playing teenagers, silly events and utter lack of anything remotely scary.