Escape to the Movies: Ouija - Just A Lame Cash-In

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Ouija - Just A Lame Cash-In

Ouija is just another formulaic and dull horror movie.

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WarHamster40K

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Admittedly, I was a bit surprised by this week's selection. I was looking forward to a Nightcrawler review or maybe Horns (if there was a need for a bit of WTFness). Seeing Ouija come up in the feed was unexpected and, by the time it was over, it sounded like MB might need a palette cleanser next week. Looking forward to it! ^_^

Checking ahead, looks like Big Hero 6 is next week. If nothing else, it'll be more colorful.
 

Darth_Payn

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Get well soon, Bob! It was good of you to dump on this pile of dreck of a movie to get the bile out of your system.
 

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Burnouts3s3 said:
No films released for Halloween? What about Horns, Nightcrawler or Before I go to sleep?
Easy,

It is a regular bad review a cheap cash in trying even less hard than you'd expect because it's angling for brand recognition and a halloween release day to take care of its webclicks and nobody needed a spirit board to tell them that was a safe bet.

Oh... wait.
 

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WarHamster40K said:
Admittedly, I was a bit surprised by this week's selection. I was looking forward to a Nightcrawler review or maybe Horns (if there was a need for a bit of WTFness). Seeing Ouija come up in the feed was unexpected and, by the time it was over, it sounded like MB might need a palette cleanser next week. Looking forward to it! ^_^

Checking ahead, looks like Big Hero 6 is next week. If nothing else, it'll be more colorful.
Yeah, kinda bummed Bob didn't tackle a better movie like Horns or Nightcrawler. Or at least a retro review of a good horror movie like John Carpenter's Halloween.

Sad thing about Ouija is that it beat out John Wick, a much better movie for those craving hard-R action that's lean and mean and gets the job done. Saw it last week and it lived up to my expectations. If you have watched movies like Dredd 3D or The Raid movies and wished for more hard-R action films, then John Wick was an early Christmas present.
 

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Burnouts3s3 said:
No films released for Halloween? What about Horns, Nightcrawler or Before I go to sleep?
Horns is getting a limited release so it may not be available in his area. While this seems to be a Bob doing his duty review and warning all those at the Escapist to AVOID this!.
 

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Darth_Payn said:
Get well soon, Bob! It was good of you to dump on this pile of dreck of a movie to get the bile out of your system.
I was all set to be disappointed in this week because I forgot he had the head cold. Not a strong episode or movie choice, but that happens occasionally.
 

Therumancer

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Hmmm, well it doesn't surprise me they are digging up old ideas since this is what movies do nowadays rather than trying anything new. Horror movies in particular seem to try and be derivative and simply re-do what others have already gotten away with to avoid negative attention and publicity, especially seeing as real horror movies make people uncomfortable. The last real bit of creativity we saw with horror was the advent of the whole "Torture Porn" genera which sort of peaked with Saw and it's imitators, and then sort of died out except for occasional low-budget, low-quality revivals. That was arguably real horror, which you could tell, by how many casuals recoiled from it due to being made uncomfortable and using arguments that "it wasn't scary, just bloody", while in many cases also making it clear that it sort of got to them.

I decided to pass on "Ouija" unless I heard spectacular things about it, because I figured the idea was pretty played out after the "Witchboard" movies (I think there were 3, as it was fairly popular for a while) and of course a few other key uses of the Ouija board in horror movies. Indeed I was half expecting it to basically be a remake of an older movie from when the idea was still fairly fresh.

In my mind a "Ouija Board" doesn't work well as the focus or driving force of a movie, but can make a convenient way for an unknown entity to communicate as a small part of a movie during a horror film, it being a genera trapping, rather than something that should properly be a movie's entire focus.

Years like this I sort of mourn the "Saw" franchise, but they had already beaten it into the ground and I suppose it was time for them to stop. I say that mainly because it had become sort of a yearly tradition to go see one, and at least it would have a couple of entertaining (though often ridiculous) kill scenes.

Those who haven't seen it yet might want to check out "The Collection" on Netflix, not really scary, but I'll give it points for that the beginning nightclub scene which was entertainingly over the top, the rest of the movie was just 'okay'. A decent Halloween "funhouse" type movie that will inspire several (and almost definatly at least one) "WTF did I just watch" moments. :)
 

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It seems pretty common for Christmas shit to show up everywhere in September. I've been seeing Christmas aisles in supermarkets since then, and now I'm even seeing neighbours put their decorations up. Ugh.

Considering the fact that it hardly ever snows in England, the Christmas effect is completely lost on me.
 

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RiffRaff said:
The Best Board Game Movie: Clue
Want to second this. I think it's one of the few I've seen that just works. Just a great performance from all the actors. Plus actually worked in game mechanics in a amusing way.
 

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This was probably the most bored voice I have ever heard out of one of your reviews, and I don't blame you for it either.
 

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Queen Michael said:
Moviebob, I like all your reviews, but it's pronounced "wee-juh," not "wee-jee."
Thank you

Annoys the hell out of me. I even posted on the Ouija Movie's boards that if they wanted to make a movie, learn to pronounce the name..
 

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Awh I was expecting a review on Nightcrawler and really that is the Halloween movie of 2014?
 

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Makabriel said:
Queen Michael said:
Moviebob, I like all your reviews, but it's pronounced "wee-juh," not "wee-jee."
Thank you

Annoys the hell out of me. I even posted on the Ouija Movie's boards that if they wanted to make a movie, learn to pronounce the name..
Unfortunately, even the voice-over man in the trailers has been mispronouncing it...

 

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Kmadden2004 said:
Unfortunately, even the voice-over man in the trailers has been mispronouncing it...

Yeah.. I was watching Supernatural, etc on the CW app and this commercial played CONSTANTLY. I think I ground down a quarter of an inch of my teeth..