Friday, March 27, 2015

Movie Spotlight: Ouija

Ouija is a 2014 movie starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca A. Santos, Matthew Settle, Lin Shaye, and Shelley Hennig.  The movie begins with two young girls (Debbie and Laine) playing with a Ouija board; Debbie tells Laine the three rules of using a Ouija board:

1. Never play alone.
2. Never play in a graveyard.
3. Always say goodbye.

(I'll add a fourth rule: Don't use a Ouija board.)  Ouija then moves to present day, where teenage Debbie (Shelley Hennig) is playing with a Ouija board...alone. (It's the first rule, Debbie!) She says goodbye and throws the board in the fireplace. Her friend Laine (Olivia Cooke) stops by, and Debbie tells her that weird things have been happening since she started playing with the Ouija board again.  Debbie sits down to eat dinner, and a door opens behind her, followed by the stove turning on by itself.  She goes upstairs and finds the Ouija board on her bed and is shocked to see that it's in pristine condition.  When she looks through the planchette, a change comes over her eyes, then she hangs herself with a string of Christmas lights.  (That's why you never play with Ouija boards.) Laine later finds the Ouija board in Debbie's closet and decides to try to contact her...which, of course, is a bad idea.

Ouija wasn't very scary, but I liked it anyway, and it was definitely much better than The Ouija Experiment (which I reviewed for the blog a few weeks ago).  The acting was better than what you usually see in horror movies about high school students, and Olivia Cooke (who is wonderful on Bates Motel) was great as the movie's lead. The moral of this story: Don't use a Ouija board...ever!

My rating: 7/10

To find out more about Ouija boards, check out this blog post I wrote about creepy real-life experiences people have had with Ouija boards:

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