Ouija Board Movie Not a Horror Film?

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Ouija Film Ouija Board Movie Not a Horror Film?

In one of the most obvious Hollywood examples of form over function, the upcoming Ouija board adaptation is not going to be a horror film.

Producer, Brad Fuller, spoke with Bloody Disgusting about the current direction of the Ouija film, which definitely hints at a more family-friendly angle:

“Ouija’ isn’t really a horror movie per se, it’s definitely more of a big action-adventure movie along the lines of…I gotta be careful what I compare it to. But you know, it’s like a big action-adventure movie. And that script…I’ve read a couple pages of it, it seems good. I think we’re getting the full script in the next month. And that’s a very exciting project for it, cause it’s a much bigger movie, and it gives us an opportunity to try something we haven’t done before…There are definitely horror elements, because it’s about Ouija and what happens from an Ouija board, but it’s a much bigger film. I would call it an action-adventure with horror elements.”

While this might be a shock to the system, it definitely makes sense from a production stand-point. Sure, the notion of an R rating would have given the writers more to explore as well as provided for some really disturbing sequences. However, at the end of the day the Ouija film is based on the “game” by Parker Bros.

Now, before anyone corrects me, I realize that spirit boards predate Parker Bros. by several millennia, but the term Ouija is a Parker Bros. trademark – so the film adaptation is growing out of a very specific brand of spiritual board. As a result, it’s easy to imagine why the film is going to be more of an action-adventure experience than a horror film. The last time Hollywood mixed children and horror we got Eddie Murphy’s The Haunted Mansion.

eddie murphy haunted mansion Ouija Board Movie Not a Horror Film?

A lot of us are cynical about these “board game” adaptions, and for good reason, but it’s important to keep in mind that, even though many of us played Monopoly or Candlyand as kids, these film adaptations aren’t for us. Ouija, Monopoly, and Candlyland, are being prepped for younger audiences. Younger audiences who wouldn’t have any idea that a John Carpenter version of Ouija would have been far superior.

What do you think of an action-adventure Ouija board film? Who would have been your choice to direct a hard-core Ouija board horror film?

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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  1. http://michaelbstark.blogspot.com/2010/04/produ

    Oy.. I joked about that last month. Who knew they were serious???? This board game craze is a disaster. Thank God, twister was already made.

  2. Anybody ever tried a Ouija board? They're fairly simple to make yourself and the results are often hilarious if there are any true believers in the group.

  3. Another example of a decision to make something mediocre that might appeal to a lot of people instead of something potentially great that would appeal to fewer.

    Trying to be popular rarely works. I learned that in junior high. Much better to focus on what really suits you (or the content) and reach a more loyal niche (unless you have something that naturally lends itself to a broader appeal, which is rare.)

  4. I think the film he was going to reference was Jumangi or Zathura which will be nothing but unfortunate for the average film goer…

  5. Jumanji is decent… Zathura is terrible. This doesn’t sound promising at all, especially hearing the “Haunted Mansion” comparison… Yikes!

  6. OUIJA isn’t really a horror movie per se, it’s definitely more of a big action-adventure movie along the lines of… But we know, it’s like a big action-adventure movie.I like it too much

  7. I guess it really depends on who is involved in making the film, the writers, directors, etc. We could have another Jumanji on our hands, or it could be a huge flop. Personally, like others have said, I would have preferred something aimed at older audiences. I mean, how many kids would even try a quiji board these days? I thought it was mostly teens, and maybe preteens, and sometimes adults messing around with them these days, though I suppose individuals who do believe in ghosts and such might be willing to use them.

  8. Do they mean this Ouija Board movie?

  9. I took a stab at producing a “talking board” short film. Check it out and let me know what you think:


    - JJ

  10. There’s already a new indie Ouija movie called I Am ZoZo already making the rounds and it looks scary as hell, not a “family adventure”. It was shot all on Super8mm too, crazy. http://www.iamzozomovie.com