Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Ouija Experiment (2011)

Starring: Justin Armstrong, Swisyzinna, and Carson Underwood

Homicidal Maniac: Ghosts

Run time: 1:32:00

Quick Synopsis:  Five friends film their experiences with a Ouija board.

They tried.  Based off of pure expectation, it is really difficult to bash a movie like this.  I mean the budget was $1,200 and there is no one working on the project worth a damn.  At best under these circumstances the movie could pull off a 5 rating, but that would take either an amazing story or one of these "actors" giving the most unexpectedly amazing performance possible.  There are just too many things going against it.  Sure there are exceptions to every rule but they are called exceptions for a reason.  Rather than press on about the shitty acting, mediocre story and bad effects I am going to try to look on the bright side.

 First they do not step too far out of their bounds.  Creating a story around a Ouija board and ghosts is smart since everything can be controlled easily (the actors can make the words themselves on the board, etc.).  The twist was nothing special but it (positives forgot) was decent and a little unexpected from a film of its stature.  This may be the reason that it made its way onto Netflix.  The scene revealing this twist is probably the best of the movie.  Also you can tell that the people who made the film were movie/horror movie fans; there were many references to other films.  I guess that matters for something.  The Ouija Experiment is a very low budget awful horror movie.

Fun Fact:  Writer/Director Israel Luna first knew he wanted to get into the film industry at the age of 5, after watching The Exorcist.  I am happy anytime I hear about parents that are not cowards who try to shield their children from those "awful" horror movies.

Hidden Gem:  There is a sequel coming out at some point in 2015.  The title of the film is The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death.

Total Kill Count:
Calvin- Eric Window (56:00) Attacked by Ghost Gore Rating: 2
Shay- Belmarie Huynh (1:07:00) Attacked by Ghost? Gore Rating: 1
Gracie (1:17:00) Drowned Gore Rating: --
Joseph- Dave Clark (1:21:00) Shot in Head Gore Rating: 6
Lisa- Miranda Martinez (1:22:00) Cuts own Throat Gore Rating: 5
Brandon- Carson Underwood (1:25:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 5
Michael- Justin Armstrong (1:29:00) Attacked by Ghost Gore Rating: 1

             Horror Film: 4
             Entertainment: 4
             Gore: 3
             Overall: 3.75