Release Date: 9 March
2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Stiles White Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A Santos, Douglas Smith
served as producer on this adaptation of the infamous game. You’d think that would ensure a certain bolshy exuberance – the films released by Bay’s Platinum Dunes studio are traditionally awful, but eventful. Ouija aims for slow burn, but sputters out instead.
The plot is simple. Debbie discovers a ouija board while clearing out her attic. Ignoring the “rules”, she uses it on her own, and dies shortly after. Her friends try to contact her in the beyond – but is it really Debbie answering their messages?
You’d forgive Ouija its by- thenumbers story if it packed some decent scares. It doesn’t. Instead, you have to endure an atmosphere- free opening 45 minutes. When the ghosts do finally show up, the kills are repetitive. The idea of using the board’s planchette to see the spirits is fun, but also means that you know precisely when a spooky face is going to leer out at you.
Ouija is targeted at unseasoned horror viewers, and that’s fine. Trouble is, it feels like director Stiles White hasn’t much of a clue about the genre either. There are worse horror films than this, but it’s difficult to remember a duller one.
Extras: The DVD has just a four- minute Making Of. The Blu- ray adds two short featurettes ( eight minutes): one looks at the history of “talking boards”; the other goes into the research process of the film. Honestly, you’ll learn more from a quick Google search. Will Salmon
“Please tell us how to spell ‘ ouija’.”