Ouija House – USA, 2017

‘The house always wins

Ouija House is a 2017 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Ben Demaree (Hansel vs Gretel) from a screenplay by Justin Hawkins and producer Jeff Miller (ClownTown; The Burning Dead; Axe Giant; et al), based on a story by the latter. The Millman Production stars Tara Reid, Mischa Barton, and Dee Wallace.

A graduate student, who is trying to finish the last of her research on a book project that she hopes will help her down-on-her-luck mother, brings friends to a house with a dark past, where they soon unwittingly summon an evil entity who makes the house part of its game…

Reviews:

Ouija House isn’t a lazy movie as there is legitimate effort to be seen here and there on the screen.  But it is a rushed production, and negligence rears its ugly head far more often in these woefully dopey details […] With only a modest amount of additional elbow grease, flaws might have been forgivable. Instead, the film is simply forgettable.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“There are glimmers of hope here and there, but in general the entire production was doomed by a one-pass script in need of serious doctoring […] There’s no rhyme nor reason for the characters to speak and/or act other than to further the plot, and even that only leads to weirder and unrelated revelations that burst from nowhere.” Movie Crypt

Choice dialogue:

Laurie: “This house is a giant ouija board!”

Main cast:

  • Tara Reid … Young Katherine – Party Bus to Hell; Trailer Park SharkSharknado franchise; et al
  • Mischa Barton … Samantha – The Basement; The Hoarder
  • Dee Wallace … Katherine – Ayla; Red ChristmasCujo, The Howling
  • Carly Schroeder … Laurie – One of Us; Rites of Passage; Forget Me Not
  • Chris Mulkey … Tomas – Slumber; Grimm; Vampire Mob
  • Mark Grossman … Nick
  • Grace Demarco … Tina – Goddess of Love
  • Derrick A. King … Spence
  • Tiffany Shepis … Claire
  • Eva Hamilton … Ada the Evil Witch – Ruin Me; Peeping Tom (short)
  • Sarah French … Sarah the Evil Witch – Art of the Dead; Land Shark; Fatal Premonitions; Zombie Pirates; et al
  • Susan Slaughter … Sophia the Evil Witch
  • Erin K Clark … Evelyn the Evil Witch
  • Nicole Holland … Nora the Good Witch
  • Avery Austin … Alice the Good Witch

Related:

The Ouija Board: A history and its influence – article

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