Review: Horror turns to bore; “Ouija” sorely disappoints

Review:  Horror turns to bore; “Ouija” sorely disappoints

Allegra H.

“There are three rules to play Ouija. One, don’t play by yourself. Two, never play in a graveyard. And three, always say goodbye.” “Ouija” hit box offices Oct. 24 adding to the growing selection of scary attractions this season. However, if you’re looking for a new horror movie this Halloween, “Ouija” is not worth your ticket.

Directed by Stiles White—a man who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page—“Ouija” is meant to show the dangers and horrors associated with making connections with spiritual items, in this case a Ouija board.

At the risk of sounding redundant, a Ouija board is a board that contains letters of the alphabet, numbers and symbols. Participants put their fingers on a pointer, called a planchette, and ask questions as a supposed paranormal spirit moves the planchette to spell out answers.

Ouija boards have existed for centuries and have been used in séances, games, and ritualistic ceremonies. Today, for your convenience, they can be found anywhere from Satanic shops to WalMart.

In “Ouija’s” case, the haunted board at hand comes from the attic of Debbie Galardi (played by Shelley Hennig for all of you “Days of Our Lives” fans), a character who commits suicide while possessed in one of the first scenes of the film. Her friends then try to seek some sort of resolution by playing with Debbie’s cursed Ouija board.

From there it’s about a hour of teenagers getting killed, bad acting, and filming mistakes. The climax finally comes in the last five minutes of “Ouija” when main character Laine Morris (Olivia Cooke), with the help of her sister Sarah (Ana Coto), vanquish the evil spirit by burning the Ouija board and the corpse of the ghost that has been haunting them. Debbie’s ghost randomly makes an appearance at the end as well to help burn the board in an attempt to make it seem like good has triumphed over evil.

“Ouija” concludes with life going back to normal for the Morris sisters, at least until Laine finds the planchette that she forgot to burn in her house. The movie ends without resolution after Laine finds the planchette, allowing the unknown director to possibly make a sequel to “Ouija” in the future.

Overall, “Ouija” is a boring excuse for a horror movie. The plot line is predictable, the movie is slow to develop, and honestly, the trailer is scarier than the actual movie. The only “scary” parts of the movie are the overused jump scares, which don’t necessarily count because they rely on our instinctive reactions to sudden loud noises.

Even though “Ouija” may be one of the worst horror movies I’ve ever seen, I have learned three rules from watching it. One, when your blonde friend Debbie dies, just move on. Two, when the director of the movie doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, don’t see the movie. Three, and this is for real, don’t mess with Ouija boards this Halloween season…or do. Maybe your horror story will make a better scary movie than “Ouija” did.

“Ouija” is rated PG-13.