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Ouija **

Is it worth $10? No

Spirits if you are there, please tell me is this film worth seeing… Oh, hello there, friend. Just convening with my spiritual review helpers. Whether you are superstitious or think the paranormal is hogwash, "Ouija" will give you some jumpy frights, but ultimately the lack of real scares and overuse of weak horror tropes will underwhelm.

After tragedy befalls one of their friends, a group of teenagers looks for answers from the spiritual tool/game, called a Ouija board; which was once in the possession of their deceased friend. The board allows communication with the spirits of the dead, but there are rules you must follow, or you will suffer the consequences. Terrifying events start to occur and those who play get much more than they bargained for, as the spirits are set free to enact their dark agenda.

Why, Hasbro? Why do you feel the need to have your studios churn out subpar movies, like last years "Battleship" and now “Ouija?” And to do it with Michael (I blow things up and ruin childhood memories) Bay’s production studio? Don’t even get me started on Ridley Scott’s upcoming “Monopoly.” 

Yes, there are the typical “jump out from the dark moments” to try and scare you, but nothing is truly unnerving or enough to give you lasting nightmares. Olivia Cooke, as Laine, the heroine of the tale, is making a respectable horror franchise name for herself after her roles in the "Bates Motel" television series and the movie "The Quiet Ones." She performs admirably here as well, and is one of the few bright spots amongst the uninteresting characters. The rest of the cast may look familiar, but you have zero investment in their characters, with the weak story and underdevelopment. Debuting director Stiles White does a satisfactory job with the lackluster script he was given. The effects and makeup are minimal, but do stand above your average substandard B-movie garbage.

Thankfully, for the studio, this film has a perfect release with Halloween only a week away. Even though it is a less than competent horror film, audiences clamoring for something spooky could do worse.

Still, if you want some good scares, go see "Annabelle." If you want something spooky, with a PG-13 Scooby Doo flair, then give "Ouija" a chance. In fact let's ask the board again... nope seems the spirits don't even want to come through for this one.

Did you know?

Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I.

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