Director: Stiles White
Writers: Juliet Snowden and Stiles White
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Lin Shaye, Robyn Lively
Studio: Universal

“Ouija” is why I can’t buy that argument that modern horror is in a steady decline. While I don’t want to lump all horror movies into one category, it’s really hard to fight against something this dumb. A movie can’t live by jump scares alone. That being said, what do you do with a tired haunted house story? Sure, Insidious keeps squeezing movies out of tweaking the format, but it’s not for everyone. The two leads in the film don’t offer anything to focus your eye, so why do I care?

Lin Shaye and Robyn Lively show up to entertain my love of cult 80s Cinema. However, it’ll take more than a Teen Witch to save this movie. I found myself trying to hunt them down when they were onscreen, as I could never care for the young people that are supposed to be the focus. Whether it’s the possessed, the afflicted or the passers by, I just wanted everyone to get bitch smacked with ectoplasm. I would venture further into the film, but I don’t want to spoil it. Going by the power of memory and the trust legal pad, I can’t say that there is anything to pin down. It’s a trifle.

I had to go watch this on my dime, since I didn’t get to watch it last week before release. Now, I remember why I love screening stuff early. When I get the chance to warn people about an upcoming stinker, I feel like I’m doing my degree of charitable goodwill to my fellow man. But, what’s the matter with a bad horror movie? The American cinema is loaded with them and some amazing directors have come out the scene. They came out, because they left it behind. Any future filmmakers entertaining these celluloid turds should remember that.


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