I really like Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, The Quiet Ones) but she doesn’t make it easy, her latest film Ouija is a lacklustre affair which is really frustrating because it has promise but just doesn’t deliver.
The story concerns best friends Laine (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelly Hennig) who have been playing with Ouija Boards since they were children but years later Debbie finds a Ouija Board in her attic and plays on her own (a big no-no). She sees a ghostly figure when she looks through the planchette and moments later hangs herself with her bedroom’s fairylights.
Laine doesn’t believe that Debbie would kill herself, so it’s up to her and her friends to find out what really happened. They hold a seance to contact Debbie’s spirit and inadvertently contact an evil spirit that’s now set on killing them all.
There are so many opportunities to make this film creepy as hell but there is no creepy, no scares, no atmosphere. To be honest it’s a flatline.
Olivia Cooke and Ana Coto do the best they can given some of the cheesy and flat dialogue but the real standout performance in the film goes to Lin Shaye (Insidious) in the form of an institutionalised lady who might know more than she’s letting on.
Overall the film was disappointing, this is a film for people who only watch horror films at Halloween (weekenders!) and can’t handle the good stuff. Horror-lite.