This witch isn’t bored. She’s a board.
The brutal assault of a young woman sends her to a mysterious shopkeeper who summons the spirit of an evil witch to visit revenge on the attackers.
I’ll start with the three aspects of Ouija Witch that I didn’t enjoy. First, it was predictable. You know after the first 20 minutes exactly how this story is going to play out. Second, the camera quality appears to jump back and forth at random – but it stays just about average for an indie caliber film. Third, a few of the actors REALLY didn’t pull their weight. A serious recasting should have taken place or at least numerous retakes. Sometimes they seemed bored or forgot their lines and were trying too hard to improvise. Given that an actor’s performance is such an integral part of making a film, this one lost several points based on that aspect alone. My other two points are pretty common in movies that weren’t made for a million dollars. However, I do wonder what the behind-the-scenes crew could have pulled off with a bigger budget.
Now for the things I did like. First, the writers REALLY knew how to build a story that gradually led to a successful climax. Even the minor plot elements were executed beautifully. Second, mad props to the special effects artist Rita Mae Sylvester. Her work on Ouija Witch earned back most of the points that the bad acting warranted. Very impressive make up work. Third, the villain – Mary Blackwood – was an actual witch with all the proper elements to her name. I love that her main ability was to make people kill themselves or appear like they killed themselves because she could always cover her tracks. She can also teleport, use telekinesis and can glamour, but when she’s haggard, she looks like something straight out of THE WITCH. Fourth, all of the other behind-the-scenes work was stellar. Fifth, Ouija Witch had a higher body count than I expected.
Not the best film you’ll see, but it’s certainly entertaining. It’s not an “in your face” kind of horror film but think of it more like a supernatural revenge thriller mixed with some drama. Ouija Witch beckons you to stay until the end. An old school, vicious witch tale with a modern twist. A journey which teaches that you never really know who you’re dealing with.
Genre: Hollywood, Horror
Director: Robert Michael Ryan
Starring: Miley Rose, Sean Young, Jeremy Dean, Cheyenne Phillips, Ryan M. Shaw