New Horror Releases: Ouija Seance: The Final Game (2018) - Reviewed

It is rather astounding how a Hasbro board game that can be purchased at just about any commercial big-box store could inspire an entire sub-genre of horror. There are at least three other movies out there that have the word ‘ouija’ in the title and about a hundred others that feature the use of ouija board as a major plot device. Despite the fact that there is scientific evidence disproving any kind of supernatural elements being the main force behind the board game, people still believe that ouija boards are a device used to communicate with the spirit world. It would seem that so long as people keep believing this and those boards keep selling, ouija movies will still be made no matter how terrible they are.

Ouija Seance: The Final Game very well may be the holy grail of bad ouija movies. The plot, whatever that may be, is imbecilic and dense in addition to being generic and convoluted. This is a haunted house/middle-of-the-woods/”no-one-around-to-hear-you-scream-except-for-maybe-the-creepy-guy-that-walks-around-carrying-an-ax” horror film that we have all seen a million times before. It brings nothing new to the table rather than milking the teet of the ouija board movie genre and fails hard at the absolute most important rule of horror movies in general: it's just not scary. At all.

The film stars Katharina Sporrer as Sarah, a college student studying art restoration abroad in Italy. She along with her roommate, roommate’s boyfriend, and a guy that Sarah may or may not be seeing are segwayed to her family’s old house in the middle of the forest. The house, of course, is linked to some spooky stuff and cryptic high jinks ensue when Sarah stumbles upon that token Hasbro board game. The actual titular seance only lasts for about ten seconds of the entire film and I really don't know what “The Final Game” is supposed to be. Also, I could not help but notice that there is a creepy Samara type girl crawling toward you for the promotional poster. I understand that The Movie Sleuth prides it's self on delivering spoiler-free reviews and I will continue to adhere to that policy as a contributing writer, but for just this one time, spoiler alert: that girl on the poster is not even in the movie.

It's far too easy to point out all of the flaws of Ouija Seance. Frankly, there is very little to be said about this movie that is positive. Katharina Sporrer is a pretty solid actress given the material and Holly Mumford is adequate as Sarah’s stereotypical bubbly roommate. The movie also had a pretty neat opening shot. However, it was all downhill from there. Ouija Seance is bewilderingly bad; bad directing, bad writing, bad lighting, horrific special effects, and some pretty lousy acting from the rest of the cast. Given the vast history of horror movies and all of the techniques that have been established up until this point, it feels inexcusable to make a movie this abysmal. Horror is often at its best when it's done on a cheap budget. Creativity tends to be at its height when directors must scramble to craft the perfect scare with whatever they have. Ouija Seance: The Final Game could have made something of itself and stuck out amongst the sea of Ouija movies. Instead, we are granted with another generic ghost story.

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-Holly Glinski