Depending on who you ask, The Ouija board is not to be played with. While Parker Brothers released a commercial version for sale in 1966, the original Ouija dates back to 1894. For the non-superstitious, it’s probably one of the most pointless board games ever. But to those that believe in the afterlife, the board is considered to be a gateway to the other side that can bring forth all kinds of spirits, good and evil.
The 2014 film named after the game, directed by Stiles White, carefully brings the legend of the creepy board game to life.The minds that brought us horrific films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Insidious took the board game intended for kids and emphasized the strong paranormal power it is said to possess.
Lane (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelley Hennig) played with the ouija board since they were kids. But shortly after Debbie dies of an apparent suicide, Lane discovers the ouija board from their past hidden in Debbie’s closet. Though she’s depressed and confused by her death, Lane begins to take care of the house while Debbie’s parents were away and quickly realizes that Debbie’s death may not have been an accident.
Lane rallies her rebellious sister Sara (Ana Coto), her boyfriend Trevor (Daren Kagasoff), Debbie’s ex-flame Pete (Douglas Smith) and her token hot friend Isabelle (Bianca Santos) to play the game in Debbie’s house in an attempt to contact her on the other side. But instead of reaching Debbie, they end up waking up an evil spirit that causes all hell to break loose. It’s all up to Lane to figure out how to destroy the spirit before it destroys her.
The story line has some elements of the typical horror flick, from the hormonal high school setting to random, loud noises that will make you jump out of your seat. However, a good majority of the superstitions that surround the board game are well-portrayed in the movie. With Halloween right around the corner, Ouija is a film that will scare non-believers into believing and give the superstitious viewers nightmares for days.
The movie has the potential to make a long-lasting imprint in the horror movie genre. It joins the high ranks of phenomenal movies based off urban legends like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist for its unique approach to showing the audience the supernatural effects of the ouija board. The cast did a great job in striking fear into the hearts of my fellow movie-goers. I only pray that there won’t be a slew of sequels to tarnish the unique franchise.
Ouija is in theaters everywhere today.