The only thing I know about Ouija-boards is that the name is derived from of a composition of the French and Dutch words for "yes" ("oui" and "ja") and that they were originally created as ordinary board games for family entertainment. The fact that Ouija boards grew out to become symbol for the macabre, spiritualism and horror is pretty good marketing, if you ask me! As made clear by the title, a Ouija board also forms the central gimmick in this film, but like all skeptical horror fans know, a good gimmick doesn't necessarily guarantee a good movie! "Ouija" is an incredibly uninspired, lame and overly sentimental PG13 ghost story that too obviously steals its plot ideas from other films. This could easily be a sequel in the "Insidious" franchise, except that the Ouija board replaces the human spiritual medium (but Lin Shaye is still present), while the death sequences could come straight out of a "Final Destination" sequel (notably the freak accident in the bathroom). After fooling around with a Ouija board she found in the attic, a teenage girl inexplicable commits suicide. Her friends, and particularly her BFF Layne, refuse to accept that a vivid and joyful young girl like Debbie played with the idea of ending her own life, so they gather around to seek contact with their friend via the same Ouija board. They quickly discover the board is connected to an unresolved missing girl case from the 1950s and put their own lives at risk by unleashing malevolent souls. "Ouija" is a strictly by-the-numbers and commercial horror effort, with predictable boo-moments and fake scares at the most foreseeable moments. The teen protagonists are admittedly less stereotypical and annoying than usually the case in this sort of films, but still you don't feel too much empathy for them. The lead girl, Olivia Cooke, is cute and she surely can act, but she's probably also smart enough to realize that her role in the series "Bates Motel" is a more valuable addition on her resume. There isn't any gore (duh, PG13) and the make-up effects are weak. My 8-year-old son walked in during one of the supposedly scariest moments, but he wasn't the least bit upset.
A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren't meant to be played with, especially the 'other side'.
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