Remember when board game movie adaptations were going to become a “thing” in Hollywood, a couple years ago (theoretically, they still could one day)? Well, that was before the Battleship adaptation, which had a hefty $200 million production cost alone, under-performed at the box office. However, one board game feature that managed to survive the fallout is Ouija – and today, an official trailer for the flick has released online (weeks after a teaser began showing exclusively at select screenings in theaters).
Ouija was, at one point, going to be a family-friendly, effects-heavy, supernatural adventure (think Jumanji), with McG directing and Michael Bay producing. Universal wound up dropping that iteration of the project, only to late pick up a retooled version – one that was designed to be a low-budget horror/thriller (think on the level of the Paranormal Activity films), with Bay still producing through his Platinum Dunes banner.
The setup for Ouija, as illustrated by the trailer above (which premiered on the Pretty Little Liars FB Page as part of a larger marketing strategy), is pretty basic: a group of young people use a Ouija Board to try and contact their recently-deceased friend, only to discover that it was her messing with the Ouija Board that led to her death in the first place – and now, that all of their lives are at risk, as a result. (And they still claim that video games are the things that will kill you…)
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Ouija, the movie, was co-penned by screenwriting duo Juliet Snowden and Stiles White (Boogeyman, The Possession), and also served as White’s feature-length directorial debut. Unfortunately, it appears as though this is one of those cases where the writers’ previous filmography is a good indicator of what to expect here; namely, a whole lot of horror genre cliches and familiar setups that lack the precision or creativity, in terms of execution, to make them feel fresh or to create atmosphere. Lack of substance aside, though, Ouija might offer easy thrills for those in the mood this Halloween season.
Rounding out the Ouija cast is Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Bianca A. Santos (The Fosters), Douglas Smith (Big Love), Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl), and Ana Coto (DisCONNECTED), among others.
Ouija arrives in U.S. theaters on October 24th, 2014.
Source: Pretty Little Liars