Surprisingly, a wonderful movie.
I have never been a fanatic of horror movies. It’s not that I am afraid of it but most of the “twists” have been the same. The only one that differs is how some of the lead characters would die and what’s the physical appearance of the “monster”.
Ouija, which stars Jolina Magdangal and Judy Ann Santos offered another twist – different from the usual “bloody” and “gory” scenes. Lately, mainstream horror movies (especially those made by Star Cinema) are good and sometimes it stimulates thinking why that has to happen and so forth and so on. Beyond that, I like the gulat (suprise “shock”) factor that it brings to the audience.
The plot goes like this (excerpted from Wikipedia):
Half-sisters Aileen and Romina, along with first cousins Ruth and Sandra, reunite in Camiguin to bury their grandmother. Accompanied by Sandra’s friend, Lucy, the five girls dare to call on the spirits of the dead when they find their old Ouija board from when they were kids. The Ouija board is burned by accident before they are able to finish the ritual, trapping a murderous entity around them.
As they begin to realize the terror that they have brought upon themselves, Aileen and Romina’s hostile relationship even become more strained, while Lucy’s sanity brings a heavy burden on Sandra, and Ruth’s boyfriend, Gino, is unknowingly pulled into the danger and horror that await all of them.
Confronted by imminent Death, the girls have nowhere to go unless they can identify the spirit and find out where it is buried. It is only by leading the spirit to its burial ground that they will able to release the spirit from the Ouija board and survive its fatal hauntings.
The whole movie experience was great sans the shouting of some people insinuating people to shout as if they are scared with the scenes. I actually got scared because I do believe that there are supernaturals in this world above despite the advancement of technologies. Moreover, there are some things in the world that is better left written in history than opening it up once again and the possibility of opening a Pandora’s box of nightmares.
After the movie, I have some comparisons with regards to the movie. While it offered a different twist, the “horror” part of the movie was resembled from both Feng Shui and Sukob and that is there would be a part in the movie that will “turn-on”the enemy to attack, several characters will be killed, an “oracle” will appear and tell the lead star how to stop the curse, etc. and then the lead star will try to solve it in a way he/she can. The lighting was good (at the least for me) and the shocking scenes are great although I can say that one of the leads is a miscast (and that is Rhian Ramos). Also, the twist in the end that the “monster” is actually twins (with one good the other bad) is similar to the movie “The Prestige” wherein there’s no such magic in the transporter act but the magician actually does have a twin.
I won’t rate the movie though I would recommend this one if you feel like wanting to be scared off your movie house’s seat.