BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Ouija Reviews
By Drax Largo on October 24th, 2014
Critic Reviews for Ouija
Ouija isn’t going to redefine the horror genre, but sometimes, it’s just nice to have a movie that knows what it’s doing and does it well.
A blah imitation of PG-13 haunted house movies like “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious.”
It is harmless, frighty fun for teenage audiences, but adults will leave theatres with their bejeebers intact.
Scares are more of the Saturday morning cartoon variety, clichéd or telegraphed well in advance.
The closing credits announce that “Ouija” is “based on the Hasbro game,” but unlike a movie ticket, a board game can easily be returned.
The most pressing issue with Ouija is that Stiles and Snowden cannot seem to write a single interesting line of dialogue.
There are worse made movies, but those reveal some interesting attempts and failures. This is just competent enough to remind you they had all the resources, but stuck to the most generic version of the story.
As Ouija board movies go, Witchboard is a lot better, and Witchboard isn’t even all that good.
The teen actors look like they mistakenly came from modeling school rather than acting school. They’re very attractive but barely even mobile; they mostly pose and pout.
Ouija? More like Ouij-NO! Yes, that’s the most effort I’m putting into a witty summation, as it’s equal to the effort that Ouija’s filmmakers put into making an actual horror movie.
Born out of a desire to explain the seemingly inexplicable, the Ouija board remains enigmatic.
In the current economy, Monopoly makes a more appropriate board game upon which to base a horror movie, but for what it is, “Ouija” is better than expected.
Unfortunately, this film wastes a frightening premise and is about as scary as an intense game of Candy Land.
Featuring cheap jump scenes rather than actual spooky terror, possessing a fairly bland cast, and your standard array of dumb character actions, the flick offers few true frights. (Full Content Review for Parents also Available)
The film consistently settles for the cheapest shock devices and the most shopworn totems of our current neo-gothic moment in the genre.
You are likely to see some 5-year olds trick-or-treating on Halloween who are scarier than the ghosts and spirits on display in Ouija.
…this breaks no new ground, but it bumps along at a steady pace, providing the requisite scares and laughs along the way.
This kind of repetitive, transparent deceit is either lazy or cynical, or maybe it’s a combination of both.
The sheer brazen chutzpah of turning a horror movie into an advertisement may be the most original concept here, all the more bizarre because of the horrors unfurled by the product in question.