2014, Mystery & thriller/Horror, 1h 25m




AUDIENCE SCORE25,000+ Ratings



Slowly, steadily, although no one seems to be moving it in that direction, the Ouija planchette points to NO. Read critic reviews



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Following the sudden death of her best friend, Debbie, Laine finds an antique Ouija board in Debbie’s room and tries to use it to say goodbye. Instead, she makes contact with a spirit that calls itself DZ. As strange events begin to occur, Laine enlists others to help her determine DZ’s identity and what it wants. As the friends delve deeper, they find that Debbie’s mysterious death was not unique, and that they will suffer the same fate unless they learn how to close the portal they’ve opened.


Olivia Cooke
Laine Morris
Ana Coto
Sarah Morris
Lin Shaye
Paulina Morris

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While the rote screenwriting doesn’t kill the dark spirit of the world’s creepiest board game, it doesn’t channel it, either.

Ouija is a low grade, low impact, Final Destination-style horror rip-off.

The bumps and thumps are mechanical, the young stars insipid and the otherworldly entity the kids contact is called Doris.

On the level of a fairground ride, the film delivers but when it comes to such matters as emotion, character development and suspense, it’s a bust.

Tis the season to watch nubile teens get chased and bumped off by a Rentaghost reject.

Nothing says Halloween more than gathering in the dark to experience a carefully strategised branding opportunity.

The planchette (the ouija’s triangular pointer) is aimed at “No.”

At best it operates as time filler.

It has no memorable characters, no memorable ideas, and indifferent acting. It’s not bad enough to be funny or campy. Watching it is like staring at a dumb board for an hour and a half.

There are rent prices in Monopoly that are more frightening.

A completely by-the-numbers spookfest that suffers from perhaps the worst possible fate for a film in this genre — it’s rather boring.

Ouija works on the level of something that delivers basic jolts on a regular basis, but it lacks the internal logic to develop momentum or suspense.


  • Oct 24, 2016
    The movie was almost playing out like a more ghost story version of Final Destination. The beginning of the film was okay but then the twist in the story happened and it almost delved even more into absurdity. The climax of the film also was over too quickly and played out like Harry Potter’s parents saving him from Voldemort. I’d take a pass on this one.

  • Oct 21, 2016
    In October of 2014, Ouija was unleashed unto the world. From a critical standpoint, it had been reviewed as one of the worst horror films in years. It ranked among many audience members top ten worst films of that year and very quickly dropped at the box office. Still, it made much more than what it cost to make, so obviously it would warrant its sequel coming soon, but lets have a look back on what spawned Ouija: Origin of Evil. While this film is admittedly bad, there are a few aspects that keep me from saying it is complete trash. Most people comment on how bad this film is as a whole, but it does attempt to tell an emotional story. Here is why the story of this film is under-appreciated, even if its execution is pretty bad. While the idea of a Ouija board has never been all that terrifying or interesting enough to me, I must say that the first ten to twenty minutes of this film had me intrigued. It was less of a horror film and more of a drama about how this board makes people commit suicide. It was a very depressing first act, but it surely played all of the right moves to keep me engaged. That being said, the film quickly spirals into a cliche-ridden story with all of the horror tropes you have come to expect. To add to that, there aren’t even enough of the cliched tropes to even call this a full-fledged horror flick. It is more of a drama with horror elements, which would have worked better if the films main focus was not on a game that is meant to scare people. Although almost every character throughout this film is completely one-note, including the main protagonist, Laine, played by Olivia Cooke. Cooke does give a solid performance here, which comes as no surprise, due to the fact that I think she is a terrific actress in almost everything she is in. That being said, her character is not given enough to do, other than weep over the loss of her friend and learn more about the Ouija board. This film is a series of unanswered questions about who is really behind the words being spelled out on the board. By the end of the film you already known everything and the conclusion is about as cliche as you can get. This film is about as serious as you can get with a horror film, but it does come off as comical at times. There are shocking moments that are ruined, due to the fact that they are just too silly to take seriously once revealed. I found myself poking fun at the film rather than being genuinely terrified. Not to say that there are not a few chilling moments, but most of them are followed up by something you see coming from a mile away. This film does nothing new to try and scare its audience. Normally great camerawork in a horror film can help build tension for a viewer, but this film was shot pretty static, making everything seem clean. In the end, I admired the fact that Ouija tried to put a dramatic spin on this horror film, rather than just going all out on its horror aspects, but it was too little and it almost felt completely absent after the first act. When a film begins with promise, only to abandon its viewers halfway through, it becomes a frustrating film to watch. I see where everyone is coming from when they speak of how truly awful this film is. That being said, Ouija does have enough solid performances and intriguing set-up to say that it is not quite as bad as the critics make it out to be, but that is not saying much when looking back on the overall film. Simply put, this is a pretty bad horror film with some neat ideas.

  • Aug 12, 2015
    Mildly creepy, Hasbro’s latest board game film, Ouija, is more monotonous than scary. After her best friend commits suicide Laine Morris uses a Ouija board to attempt to contact her on the other side, but instead of her friend Laine reaches a tortured spirit that’s seeking help. While Olivia Cooke gives a fairly decent performance, the rest of the cast is rather bland. And the plot is a pretty stereotypical ghost story with all of the usual tropes. Yet the production values are quite good, and set a chilling and atmospheric tone. Ouija isn’t so much a bad film as it’s a clichéd and uninspired one.
  • Jun 22, 2015
    I actually found this creepy. Not the best I’ve seen, but not as bad as others made it out to be.


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