Laine (Olivia Cooke) has just lost her friend Debbie, who has seemingly killed herself. She longs to find out what happened, and decides that she, her sister Sarah, their friend Isabelle, her boyfriend Trevor, and Debbie’s boyfriend Pete (Douglas Smith) should try to reach her with Debbie’s Ouija board. This is of course not a good idea; an evil spirit reaches out to them instead.
I first saw Ouija when it was new, and I remember scoffing at it. This time around I have a new respect for it. The performances are great, particularly Olivia Cooke and Lin Shaye as the crazy lady with all the answers. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the direction is top-notch.The twist and concept are pretty cool, and there are some legitimately creepy moments. The whole flossing scene is just brutal.
There a couple of scenes that stretch credibility. Like when Debbie is chillin in her house and a door opens by itself and the oven turns on with no one nearby, and she just closes and locks the door and turns the oven off. Then she proceeds to head up to her room, mildly disconcerted. And of course there’s more than one instance of a character hearing a strange noise, calling hello, and then going to investigate the situation as slowly as possible. And my favorite, the convenient superstitious Latina (or possibly Italian?) maid who knows all about how to defeat evil Ouija board spirits.
Overall, I like it. The second one is far better, but this one’s not without its charms. Give it a look if you’re in the mood for something without sex, gore, swearing, or comic relief.