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Ouija (2014)

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A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Cooke ... Laine Morris
Ana Coto ... Sarah Morris
Daren Kagasoff ... Trevor
Bianca A. Santos ... Isabelle (as Bianca Santos)
Douglas Smith ... Pete
Shelley Hennig ... Debbie Galardi
Sierra Heuermann ... Doris Zander
Sunny May Allison ... Doris (10 years old)
Lin Shaye ... Paulina Zander
Claudia Katz Minnick ... Mother (as Claudia Katz)
Vivis Colombetti ... Nona (as Vivis)
Robyn Lively ... Mrs. Galardi
Matthew Settle ... Mr. Morris
Afra Sophia Tully ... Young Laine (as Afra Tully)
Claire Beale Claire Beale ... Young Debbie
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Storyline

A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren't meant to be played with, especially the 'other side'. Written by Marco

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content, frightening horror images, and thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,900,000, 26 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,856,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,590,271
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the original unaltered version of the film, Doris Zander had a much different look to her. In the original cut she took the appearance of a young girl with half of her face burnt while always carrying a doll. The re-shoots version is a rotting girl with sewn lips. See more »

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Daren Kagasoff's hairstyle is inconsistent throughout the film revealing that those specific scenes were re-shoots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[young Laine and young Debbie play with the Quija board]
Young Laine: I don't know if I want to do this.
Young Debbie: Relax, Laine, it's fun.
Young Debbie: First, the rules.
Young Debbie: You can never, ever play alone. You can never play in a graveyard. And you always have to say goodbye. To start, you circle the board once for each player. Then we say, as friends we gather, hearts are true.
Young Laine: [repeats] As friends we gather, hearts are true.
Young Debbie: Spirits near we call to you.
Young Laine: [repeats] Spirits near we call to you.
Young Debbie: Is someone here with us?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

A completely different version of the film was shown to a test audience. After negative feedback, the film was partially re-shot with several story and cast changes. Scenes from this version appear in some trailers, but has otherwise not been shown in it's entirety since. See more »

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Referenced in Luc Turgeon's Channel: Ouija: Movie Review (2016) See more »

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Another avg BH Prod Horror
18 November 2014 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

In recent times, never has a horror film centered entirely around the Ouija board game, and perhaps for good reason - it is a bit too foolish to be believable.

Ouija boards have been utilized in horror films countless times before, as a last ditch effort to communicate with a disturbed spirit on the other side when a medium led seance is out of the question. 2014's horror film Ouija instead puts the cause and focus of the strange disturbances directly upon the game itself.

After one of their friends inexplicably is found dead in a suspected suicide, a group of friends turn toward her Ouija board in a desperate attempt to find answers and closure. When it appears a communication channel has been opened with the dead things take a dark and unsettling turn.

Stiles White co-writes and directs this painfully formulaic film. What audiences should expect to get from Ouija is your classic 'strange occurrences, oh no people dying, let's investigate to uncover the truth to hopefully appease the spirits'. While formulas typically exist because on some level they do work, this one has been bludgeoned to boredom inducing death.

Typically if a film is going to be this standard then some sort of redeemable part of it must shine through, either through stellar characters portrayed by undiscovered gems or uniquely gruesome horror scenes. Ouija is a film that opens incredibly weakly, like a rough cut that should have been a reshoot. Once the group of friends, led by up-and-coming horror queen Olivia Cooke, make contact through the Ouija board the terrifying scenes considerably improve but never prove wow-worthy and still border on cliché.

The most substantial error in the entirety of the film is the overall serious tone. The teenage high school students are all a bit too earnest when it comes to using a Ouija board. Stiles and his co-screenplay writer Juliet Snowden just really have no idea how to write realistically for teen youths. There is no humor or sarcasm, no sass and no disbelief when one of the friends approaches the other to use the Ouija board.

Teens, even in the event that one kills him or herself, use humor as a coping mechanism. if one of my friends said 'we need to talk to ____ on the other side' I would laugh in his or her face from the ludicrous nature of the proposition.

Further everything that propels the story forward in Ouija is a bit far-fetched. Most of the teens are incredibly serious about dental hygiene, with several scenes featuring them flossing. The adults all must have minored in Paranormal Occurrences and How to Deal with It. Overall Ouija was not scary and the extenuating circumstances surrounding the plot were laughable at best.

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