The Ouija Experiment (2011) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Israel Luna
Starring: Justin Armstrong, Dave Clark, Leah Diaz
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Viva Pictures
Five friends decide to videotape their experimental sessions with an Ouija board in an attempt to create a viral video that is sure to make them famous. Personal drama causes members of the group to forget to maintain focus on the game’s important rules and soon fall prey to the evil entities that occupy the board.
The Ouija Experiment is a movie I’m a little mixed on, but I still find myself leaning towards the good side of things with it. Here we have a movie that starts off as a found footage film, but often times it forgets to follow and real logical rules for the gimmick and at once time even goes as far as to show us a vision of the characters is having which in return completely tosses it out the window. Now I think we’ve all grown to the point that none of us buy a found footage film as real, but you at least like to watch them without the guys pulling back the curtain on it. Outside of that this one is pretty by the book in the plot but makes up for it a great deal with the characters and how the characters are written. These people are likable and talk about things most people do. They name drop movies and singers and all that stuff. I’ve always been a fan of that and I liked that a lot here. You’d be shocked at just how well that came take a cardboard character and add some life to them. All in all, the characters and actors could be the best part of this one. You may not totally dig the presentation of this one, but I think you’ll at least never get bored while watching it due to the cast. So I will totally tip my hat to everyone involved for that.
As for the plot, well it is basic stuff as I noted before. People want to play with an Ouija board. They clearly state the rules, but then they go ahead and end up not obeying those rules and turns some bad stuff loose on them. Creepy stuff takes place in between the group drama and we watch as everyone finds themselves in a whole bunch of trouble. The thing is, we have blood but no real gore, unfortunately. Most of what we see takes place sort of off camera so we don’t have any effects of note to really speak of. Like most movies like this things take a turn for the more intense near the ending, but even there I’d have liked to have a little more blood to go with things. You probably won’t be tossing The Ouija Experiment on any year ending top 10 list, but it is at least watchable and I’d say worth a watch. There is a long line of Ouija based films dropping as of late and this one might still be the best of them regardless of flaws. Is that still really saying all that much? You’ll have to see for yourself I suppose.