Bored by the board

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM REVIEWS - TARA BRADY

OUIJA Di­rected by Stiles White. Star­ring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Ka­ga­soff, Bianca A San­tos, Shel­ley Hen­nig 15A cert, gen­eral re­lease, 89 min Stop me if you’ve heard this one be­fore. Pretty girl Deb­bie (for­mer Miss Teen USA Shel­ley Hen­nig) re­jects a night out with her best friend in or­der to mess around with an Ouija board. When she hears some noises, she walks around her large empty house – turn­ing off the lights as she goes – un­til she be­comes pos­sessed and dies.

Her pretty best friend Laine (Olivia Cooke) and her pretty love in­ter­est start in­ves­ti­gat­ing. They find the board. They use the board. The board fails to pre­dict the ter­ri­ble reviews this movie will re­ceive. The spir­its won’t leave the pretty cast alone. Bod­ies quickly pile up.

In our piti­ful ig­no­rance we as­sumed any­one could make an Ouija board by writ­ing out let­ters, num­bers and a few words and then push­ing a shot

Olivia Cooke and fel­low teens spell trou­ble

glass planchette around. But, no. Ap­par­ently Ouija is a su­per­nat­u­ral boardgame by Has­bro, which, fol­low­ing on from Has­bro’s Trans­form­ers, is now a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture with Michael Bay lurk­ing some­where in the cred­its.

A hor­ror movie for peo­ple who hate hor­ror movies, Ouija was the num­ber one film at the US box of­fice last week. It ex­ists as the moviev­erse’s an­swer to pump­kin fairy lights and skele­ton face paints. Tis the sea­son to watch nu­bile teens get chased and bumped off by a Ren­taghost re­ject. In keep­ing with a long line of stu­dio creep-outs, the film has scared up plenty of Hal­loween trade with­out ac­tu­ally do­ing any scar­ing.

There are var­i­ous tame jump-outs and per­func­tory shad­owy fig­ures, but noth­ing to cause one to dive be­hind a seat. Isn’t hor­ror sup­posed to be trans­gres­sive? Rec­om­mended for sen­si­tive view­ers and Has­bro share­hold­ers.

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