Monday, October 27, 2014

Ouija - 1 1/2 stars

Is it too much to ask for an original horror movie?  Or at least one with characters that are actually three dimensional?  With dialogue that doesn’t suck?

Here’s the story:  a girl uses a Ouija board, summons an evil spirit and is killed.  Then her friends decide to use the same Ouija board to try and contact her.  They summon the same evil spirit, and they’re killed off one by one.  Along the way, they consult a crazy old woman in an insane asylum who knows what’s going on and how to stop it.  This involves finding a hidden room in the basement of the old house where many years before, a family was killed …

After the initial killing, the movie is really boring for about a half hour.  There are a couple of minor scares, but mostly we’re watching forgettable characters with nothing interesting to say to each other.  The climax of the movie is exciting for about five minutes, and there was one thing that happened that really freaked me out.  But otherwise, I was just bored.

It’s funny how out of nowhere, the main character’s old housekeeper knows exactly what to do.  We’ve only seen her a couple times in the movie and we get no backstory on her.  But because every horror movie needs a character like that, she’s the one who can tell the kids how to stop the evil spirit.

If all you’re looking for is a scary movie to make you jump a few times, this will do the trick.  But that’s all the movie has going for itself.

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