couple invite a group of friends to a dinner party. One of
the guests, invited by Linda, is an ex-friend of her partner's
who he hasn't spoken to for years. During the evening he produces
an Ouija Board and proceeds to contact the spirit of a ten-year-old
boy, much to the amusement of the others. He inadvertently
leaves the board behind when he leaves, and Linda quickly
becomes hooked on its use. When a number of dangerous occurrences
take place, including a so-called accidental death, Linda's
boyfriend and his old friend are forced to reconcile their
differences in order to research the history of the boy from
the spirit world. However, they soon discover that it's no
longer the boy coming through via the Ouija but the malevolent
spirit of a murderer, and he's using Linda as a channel through
which to make his entrance into the living world...
may sound good from the description above, but it's amateurish
at best. Performances are stilted and character reactions
visibly forced. You should never shoehorn characters or situations
into a story to make them fit; this film does that at every
turn. There is even a scene wherein the two reunited friends
sit at a small table right in front of a precariously stacked
set of oil drums which you just know are going to collapse
on top of them.
watched many horror films in my time, and this one doesn't
even register on the scream-ometer. There's no sense of danger
or tension of any kind throughout the running time. The pace
is very slow, particularly the first half-hour. It's no exaggeration
to say that this is the sort of film where you long for the
phone to ring to interrupt your viewing. I was looking out
the window for a Jehovah's Witness to invite in!
is played by Tawny Kitaen, apparently a notorious 80s vixen.
Does that mean she was in porn movies? If so, it would have
been a safer arena to remain in, with no acting skills required,
so to speak (not that I know anything about blue movies whatsoever
m'lud, you understand). Er, where was I?
packaging describes a diabolical bunch of exclusive extras.
It certainly is; there's only a commentary, a short making
of, film notes, biographies and trailers. The blurb also describes
this as a horror hit which spawned two sequels. I feel sorry
for whoever has to review those... What do you mean, they're
in the post?!
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