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'Ouija' bored: Nothing new here

For horror movie connoisseurs, "Ouija" reminds us that there is no help for people who play with Ouija boards. There are no books, priests, priestesses or spiritualists who cover Ouija board rules and violations. The '70s and '80s taught us the dangers of using the board through myth and superstition. That decade also covered every possible variation on movies that featured the board; there is nothing new to see in this newest rendition. 

 Debbie plays the board alone and suffers the consequences. Laine, her grieving bestie, tries to communicate with Debbie through the Ouija board. Despite the usual warnings from friends and family, Laine continues using the board and suffers the consequences. 

 For those fans who scare easily or for fans who enjoy a popcorn flick, "Ouija" covers the basic scare tactics. There were plenty of shrieks and squeals from the teen viewers in the audience. A 5-year old boy, who was sitting next to me, blandly remarked, "I only liked it a little bit ..." 

 Horror film fans may be disappointed by the lack of originality and the usual scare conventions: Wall shadows, mirror shadows, hidden séance rooms, creepy house history, moving furniture, swimming pools, blackouts, and a general lack of common sense from the characters.

 The Ouija board was created in 1891 and was so fascinating that 5 factories had to be built to meet supply and demand by the following year.  If only this movie was equally fascinating.

 I give this movie one Miner.

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