We all know what happens in a horror movie when friends mess with a Ouija Board right? Well, Ouija Seance: The Final Game is no different as friends unwittingly unleash evil through a cursed board. The seance begins August 3rd, 2018.
Ouija Seance: The Final Game
Ouija Seance: The Final Game is an Italian horror film directed by Andrea Mugnaini. The movie stars Alan Cappelli Goetz, Katharina Sporrer and Holly Mumford. The film was released online on July 3rd, 2018 and will be coming to DVD on August 3rd, 2018.
The plot follows the main character, Sarah, and her three friends in Italy. Sarah is studying abroad in Italy for art restoration at a local university. During one of her final weekends in Italy, her and her friends are all going on a weekend getaway to attend a party. Unfortunately, Sarah has to delay the plans because she has to drop off paperwork at a villa that her Italian grandmother left her after she passed away.
The four friends detour to the villa (miles in a forest in the middle of nowhere) only to find out that their weekend party has been cancelled. Her friends convince her to stay the weekend in the villa, where they find a secret room with a Ouija board. Cut from the trunk of a tree and decorated with letters and Latin words, this Ouija board isn’t the typical one that’s found.
As the night of drinking and smoking goes on, they decide to play with the board in the hope of eliciting a response from the spirit world. Instead of getting the response they planned for, they get something else instead. Instead of communicating, the spirit is released into the house and causes tensions to rise and friendships to dissipate. Sarah is forced to talk to the one-eyed caretaker to find out more information about the house, her grandmother and her mother and how to stop the spirit.
The movie follows a stereotypical Ouija board horror movie, although it feels like it lacks in the delivery. The spirit is never truly seen. The actual interaction with the board being limited to one small scene that feels anti-climactic. The plot seems to continue to fall apart as the film makes progress and a solid story never quite feels developed. The most suspenseful moments don’t begin until 55 minutes into the movie and any typical jump scares appear few and far between. There never seems to be full connections or explanations made between the house, Sarah’s mother, grandmother and the spirit they unleashed from the board.
The characters seemed to follow what one would typically find in a horror movie. There is the good girl, the bad boy, the good guy and the somewhat risque best friend. They each play their role in the film but ultimately continue to fit into their respective categories. As the story progresses and conflicts arise between the friends, there wasn’t significant character development. The good girl, Sarah has a conflict with her risqué girlfriend after fighting with her boyfriend the bad boy who doesn’t seem to care for the typical good guy. These conflicts ultimately lead up to the climax, with each one not knowing who to trust.
Cinematography and Soundtrack
The film boasts some effective and captivating cinematography, brought to the film by Matteo Castelli. The angles and movements of the cameras really adds the edge of creepiness to the film. If engrossing those watching was the intention, then Castelli delivered. While the plot of the movie may have fallen short, the cameras movements and captured moments work well for the film. The only downside being when the spirit can be seen walking along the wall. It has an elongated alien like appearance that doesn’t seem to fit with the tone of the film, although it is creepy.
The cinematography works well in conjunction with the soundtrack to the film. The music is the typical suspense-style in which orchestral music is played louder or faster during chilling moments. The soundtrack seems to ft the movie appropriately, but the timing of the scares and the general pace of the film don’t mesh nicely and it sounds out of place in some scenes of the movie.
The film is classified as horror. As stereotypical as it is, it does belong to the genre. However, the film’s pace and overall story arch and character doesn’t make it feel like a horror film. It felt more like it belonged on the supernatural end instead of horror. The post for the film makes it appear that the movie will be more horrific than it comes off as.
I was very excited to watch this movie, but I ended up very disappointed. It lacked the scary substance that a horror film should have. It had a lot of potential to be scary and make me jump off the couch but it didn’t. I found myself bored by the film, all the way until the end. It felt predictable. It seemed to take a long time to get to the “meat and potatoes” of the film. The film spent almost an hour just going through the process of how the friends went out to the villa and exploring the house. All in all, I wasn’t a fan of the movie for everything that was discussed above.