This book contains 185 horror movie reviews; five of the best releases for each year between 1980 and 2017. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
It's all fun and games
Mischa Barton, Tara Reid, Dee Wallace, Tiffany Shepis? Seriously? This was my favorite movie before I even pressed play, and then these guys disappeared all at once. It’s a trap! It’s a trap, but it’s worth falling for. The writers are taking the whole occult thang down to its basics. In horror, Ouija is a cliché that goes in and out of style, and it hasn’t been exploited nearly enough recently.
The exposition is fun. The characters are young, simple, and innocent. What makes Ouija House special is that its protagonists are hoping to open doors we all know they shouldn’t, and they’re willing to pay Crazy Thomas $500 to take his warnings elsewhere. What we basically have, here, is a Ouija séance inside a haunted house, and then consequences. Ouija House, get it?
Now, this could’ve been a mess in the wrong hands, and it’s not. The film could use animatronics, practical effects, and make-up, and it doesn’t even try. Even the gore holds back. Ouija House is all about its characters. Dialogue and casting are at the forefront. The film’s biggest weakness is that it fails to impress. The further you get, the less you care.