HOLLYWOOD—There are just some things you don’t mess around with, the supernatural is one of them. From the dawn of time many of us have probably had a run-in, seen or heard of an Ouija board. Yeah, that board with the alphabets that allows a person to communicate with the dearly departed? Have you ever played with one? Well if not, after seeing the movie “Ouija” you probably never will.
The movie follows a group of teens who finds themselves battling a supernatural evil when they decide to use an Ouija board to communicate with their friend Debbie (Shelly Hennig) who died from suspicious circumstances after she finds the board game in her home. Leading the crusade to find out what happened to her friend is Elaine (Olivia Cooke) who has an eerie feeling all is not as it seems with Debbie’s death.
Elaine, along with her friends Trevor (Daren Kagasoff), Isabelle (Bianca A. Santos) and Pete (Douglass Smith) decide to use the Ouija board to communicate with Debbie, but they instead conjure an evil spirit determined to claim their lives one by one.
“Ouija” works its clever magic to bring a bit of a history behind this mysterious board that many has seen in horror flicks in the past, and some even in real life. The audience never quite knows precisely what is transpiring at all times. If the characters are seeing what they want to see or if a presence is indeed after them. As the narrative unfolds, it becomes apparent the teens are being haunted by an evil entity, which tortures them at any given opportunity.
The scares presented to the audience are perfectly timed; the level of suspense built leading up to the scare is a perfect balance of eeriness, but a clear sign to the audience that something is about to happen, you just don’t know precisely when it will happen. For a movie that is rated PG-13, “Ouija” proves once again that horror does not have to be filled with excessive blood and gore to get chills from its audience.
The film is produced by Michael Bay who is responsible for some of the popular horror remakes which include “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” This is not just a movie that intends to scare the audience this Halloween season, it intends to make the viewer think twice about playing with that infamous Ouija board that so many think is just a game.
Keep telling yourself that; what is definitive is that after you watch “Ouija” you might steer clear of this board game the rest of your life.
By LaDale Anderson