Risen and Revisited: Ouija (2014)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! It’s time for another Risen and Revisited review, this time it’s Ouija (Stile White, 2014)! You can watch my original review at the end of this post, but I’ll summarize my thoughts for those of you that don’t want to watch Cringe Vicky from the Past (which I totally understand).
Obviously, there will be spoilers ahead, so tread carefully!
When I first saw Ouija, I thought it was a pretty conventional mainstream teen spookfest with predictable twists and too many jump scares. In my original review, I remarked how the cast of teens resembled those from the slasher paradigm we all know – you know, the virgin, the jock, etc.
Well, snaps for Cringe Vicky from the Past, she at least knew what she was talking about with Ouija!
I pretty much fully agree with my past self, Ouija is still your typical teen horror flick. Ouija still fits that classic slasher paradigm with the teens (although they don’t make it obvious that one is a jock, slut, etc. like some other films). There is a distinct and hilarious lack of adult supervision which is common in most slashers. The parents are always away conveniently long enough for all the kids to be traumatized and killed off.
This time around I also found it quite funny that almost all the characters, as teens, didn’t know what an Ouija board was or how you play it. I can’t be the only one to have played with the Ouija as a kid – and I am eternally grateful that my friends and I never managed to contact and spirits.
I also noticed a lot more things that just didn’t make any sense, which I will list for you now:
1. Why do teens always yell “Who’s there?” when they are in a public space? Like, ok, you’re just on your way home, going under a creepy overpass. You can’t just start yelling “Who’s there?” like you own the place.
2. The video Laine (Olivia Cooke) watches to learn more about the Ouija board is boring and awful and she already knows about Ouija boards, so why watch it?
3. Why do none of the kids run when the creepy ghost tells them to run on the board. Seriously, no one even panics a little.
4. Why was Debbie (Shelley Hennig) so obsessed with filming herself and saving the videos onto thumb drives that look like keychains? Follow up question: why would Debbie’s mom assume Laine would want that after Debbie dies? Did she know what was on it or what?
This movie also drags on for too long, after Debbie’s death in the opening of the film, it takes a whole hour for anyone else to die. Frankly, it takes a whole hour for Laine to figure anything out, leaving the last 3o minutes crammed with information and false endings.
I almost forgot about Ouija’s one redeeming quality which is Lin Shaye as the ghost’s institutionalized sister. Basically, I just love Lin Shaye. End of story.
Overall, I still don’t see anything special in Ouija, except for Lin Shaye 😊.
I hope you enjoyed this review! Below you can find my original review and a link to see Ouija if you don’t care about a single thing I’ve written and want to watch it anyway. You do you.