Horror movies are not something I usually enjoy watching simply because most of them are cheesy at best and have little if anything to do with reality. However, I could not resist seeing Ouija on October 29, which opened at theaters on October 25, 2014.
Ouija stars Olivia Cooke, Bianca A. Santos, Daren Kagasoff and Douglas Smith.
The film was created by Hasbro, was produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes. Ouija drew in $19.9 million during its first week topping such other offerings as Lionsgate, Gone Girl and Fury.
In the film Laine (Cooke) finds a Ouija board in the bedroom of her friend, Debbie (Shelley Hennig), who committed suicide. Laine is intent on learning why her friend took her own life so she joins up with Pete (Smith), Trevor (Kagasoff), Sarah (Ana Coto) and Isabelle (Santos) to summons up Debbie’s spirit by playing with the board. Instead of making contact with Debbie, they conjure up much more than they bargained for, which leads to mayhem and death.
Was this movie the pre-Halloween thriller or was it a dud? Reviews have been mixed. However, let’s just say, it does include plenty of scares, not so much by the characters but more from the loud noises that came often and unexpectedly.
As I sat in the theater with two relatives and a friend, I was more interested in their reactions than mine. I saw them jump in their seats from fright a number of times and one of them peeked at the screen through her cupped hands.
As for me, these types of movies are generally far beyond realistic and are more annoying (the loud noises) than scary. For others who have yet to see the film, yes, you can get some good scares, if that is what you seek. As well, their are some freaky looking ghosts and the story line has been fairly well thought out with a major surprise at the end. The acting, however, is far from superb, which could be attributed to the young age of the actors.
With regard to the escape from reality aspect of the film, there was one particular scene that I could not help noticing. When Debbie hung herself, she used a string of lights that she had used to frame her bedroom mirror. After her demise when Laine enters her room, that same string of lights is back where it was before. Now really, would her parents have put those lights back up knowing that their daughter used it to kill herself?
But you might not care about these things; it is a supernatural horror film after all.
See Part 2: Is the Ouija board dangerous?
Box office top 20 – Ouija scares up 19.9 million