"The joy of watching movies...is arguing about them." -A.O. Scott
Monday, June 15, 2015
Movie Review - Ouija
Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca Santos, Douglas Smith, Lin Shaye, and Shelley Hennig
Directed by Stiles White
What happens when you create a horror movie with nary a single scare or any modicum of tension or suspense? You get a film like Ouija, the debut feature of director (and co-screenwriter) Stiles White who has no inkling what is necessary in order to create a foreboding atmosphere or keep the audience even moderately close to the edge of their seat. Had it not been for an acceptable performance by Olivia Cooke as a high schooler who is trying to cope with the death of her best friend, this would've undoubtedly landed in the "F" column. While just escaping that ignominious honor, Ouija suffers from behind-the-camera mediocrity that it has no chance of overcoming.