**THZ Exclusive Movie Review: “Ouija”

Photo Cred: Universal Pictures

Photo Cred: Universal Pictures

The Hasbro/Michael Bay production may make you reconsider ever touching a ouija board again.

The HotZone USA had the chance to attend an exclusive screening of the movie “Ouija” . The film did deliver in the extent of making you jump out of your seat but, it also made you laugh.

The movie is about two teenage sisters, their friends and the creepy spirit and Ouija board that just won’t leave them alone.

“Calm down, it’s only a game,” whispers young Debbie (Claire Beale) as she introduces her terrified friend, Laine (Afra Tully), to the mysteries of Ouija, using a planchette and an ornate board etched with letters and numbers to communicate with the spirit realm. Ouija is a game you shouldn’t play alone; a lesson that the teenage Debbie (Shelley Hennig) is destined to learn the hard way. After engaging in a solo session with the board she goes into a weird trance and hangs herself with a string of Christmas lights.

 Determined to find out why her happy, well-adjusted best friend killed herself, Laine (Olivia Cooke) who is apart of the “Bates Motel” series, comes up with the idea of using the board to contact Debbie, inviting their respective boyfriends (Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith); their close gal-pal, Isabelle (Bianca Santos); and Laine’s sister, Sarah (Ana Coto), to participate in a seance at the scene of the crime.

This film was a mix between “The Conjuring” and “Scooby-doo” in my opinion. At one moment I was laughing and the next I was screaming because of the demonic presence “DZ” came up on the wide screen unexpectedly.  I have seen my fair share of horror films and can honestly say that “Ouija” has done better than most to scare you.

Overall this film was okay to watch. It was not the greatest horror flick but, it sure put many that have come out recently like “Annabelle”  to shame. The 90 minute horror flick made me look at an ouija board so differently. If you would like a good laugh or slight scare then “Ouija” is the movie for you.

Film Rating: 5.5 out of 10

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