Escape to the Movies: Ouija - Just A Lame Cash-In

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Ouija - Just A Lame Cash-In

Ouija is just another formulaic and dull horror movie.

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No films released for Halloween? What about Horns, Nightcrawler or Before I go to sleep?

Admittedly, I was a bit surprised by this week's selection. I was looking forward to a Nightcrawler review or maybe Horns (if there was a need for a bit of WTFness). Seeing Ouija come up in the feed was unexpected and, by the time it was over, it sounded like MB might need a palette cleanser next week. Looking forward to it! ^_^

Checking ahead, looks like Big Hero 6 is next week. If nothing else, it'll be more colorful.

Get well soon, Bob! It was good of you to dump on this pile of dreck of a movie to get the bile out of your system.

Burnouts3s3:
No films released for Halloween? What about Horns, Nightcrawler or Before I go to sleep?

Easy,

It is a regular bad review a cheap cash in trying even less hard than you'd expect because it's angling for brand recognition and a halloween release day to take care of its webclicks and nobody needed a spirit board to tell them that was a safe bet.

Oh... wait.

WarHamster40K:
Admittedly, I was a bit surprised by this week's selection. I was looking forward to a Nightcrawler review or maybe Horns (if there was a need for a bit of WTFness). Seeing Ouija come up in the feed was unexpected and, by the time it was over, it sounded like MB might need a palette cleanser next week. Looking forward to it! ^_^

Checking ahead, looks like Big Hero 6 is next week. If nothing else, it'll be more colorful.

Yeah, kinda bummed Bob didn't tackle a better movie like Horns or Nightcrawler. Or at least a retro review of a good horror movie like John Carpenter's Halloween.

Sad thing about Ouija is that it beat out John Wick, a much better movie for those craving hard-R action that's lean and mean and gets the job done. Saw it last week and it lived up to my expectations. If you have watched movies like Dredd 3D or The Raid movies and wished for more hard-R action films, then John Wick was an early Christmas present.

Burnouts3s3:
No films released for Halloween? What about Horns, Nightcrawler or Before I go to sleep?

Horns is getting a limited release so it may not be available in his area. While this seems to be a Bob doing his duty review and warning all those at the Escapist to AVOID this!.

Darth_Payn:
Get well soon, Bob! It was good of you to dump on this pile of dreck of a movie to get the bile out of your system.

I was all set to be disappointed in this week because I forgot he had the head cold. Not a strong episode or movie choice, but that happens occasionally.

Hmmm, well it doesn't surprise me they are digging up old ideas since this is what movies do nowadays rather than trying anything new. Horror movies in particular seem to try and be derivative and simply re-do what others have already gotten away with to avoid negative attention and publicity, especially seeing as real horror movies make people uncomfortable. The last real bit of creativity we saw with horror was the advent of the whole "Torture Porn" genera which sort of peaked with Saw and it's imitators, and then sort of died out except for occasional low-budget, low-quality revivals. That was arguably real horror, which you could tell, by how many casuals recoiled from it due to being made uncomfortable and using arguments that "it wasn't scary, just bloody", while in many cases also making it clear that it sort of got to them.

I decided to pass on "Ouija" unless I heard spectacular things about it, because I figured the idea was pretty played out after the "Witchboard" movies (I think there were 3, as it was fairly popular for a while) and of course a few other key uses of the Ouija board in horror movies. Indeed I was half expecting it to basically be a remake of an older movie from when the idea was still fairly fresh.

In my mind a "Ouija Board" doesn't work well as the focus or driving force of a movie, but can make a convenient way for an unknown entity to communicate as a small part of a movie during a horror film, it being a genera trapping, rather than something that should properly be a movie's entire focus.

Years like this I sort of mourn the "Saw" franchise, but they had already beaten it into the ground and I suppose it was time for them to stop. I say that mainly because it had become sort of a yearly tradition to go see one, and at least it would have a couple of entertaining (though often ridiculous) kill scenes.

Those who haven't seen it yet might want to check out "The Collection" on Netflix, not really scary, but I'll give it points for that the beginning nightclub scene which was entertainingly over the top, the rest of the movie was just 'okay'. A decent Halloween "funhouse" type movie that will inspire several (and almost definatly at least one) "WTF did I just watch" moments. :)

unfortunately it is "that time", my job had Xmas decorations up since last week....

*sigh*

It seems pretty common for Christmas shit to show up everywhere in September. I've been seeing Christmas aisles in supermarkets since then, and now I'm even seeing neighbours put their decorations up. Ugh.

Considering the fact that it hardly ever snows in England, the Christmas effect is completely lost on me.

The Best Board Game Movie: Clue

Moviebob, I like all your reviews, but it's pronounced "wee-juh," not "wee-jee."

How weird, I always thought it was called "ooya", not weegee.

RiffRaff:
The Best Board Game Movie: Clue

Want to second this. I think it's one of the few I've seen that just works. Just a great performance from all the actors. Plus actually worked in game mechanics in a amusing way.

This was probably the most bored voice I have ever heard out of one of your reviews, and I don't blame you for it either.

Queen Michael:
Moviebob, I like all your reviews, but it's pronounced "wee-juh," not "wee-jee."

Thank you

Annoys the hell out of me. I even posted on the Ouija Movie's boards that if they wanted to make a movie, learn to pronounce the name..

Awh I was expecting a review on Nightcrawler and really that is the Halloween movie of 2014?

Makabriel:

Queen Michael:
Moviebob, I like all your reviews, but it's pronounced "wee-juh," not "wee-jee."

Thank you

Annoys the hell out of me. I even posted on the Ouija Movie's boards that if they wanted to make a movie, learn to pronounce the name..

Unfortunately, even the voice-over man in the trailers has been mispronouncing it...

Kmadden2004:

Unfortunately, even the voice-over man in the trailers has been mispronouncing it...

Yeah.. I was watching Supernatural, etc on the CW app and this commercial played CONSTANTLY. I think I ground down a quarter of an inch of my teeth..

I'm surprised that they can make a film called Ouija. I was under the impression that the game's name was still under copywright.

So, this means that I must give up hope that Bob will review "The book of life" ?

I know this isn't a terror movie, but it's about the "Dia de Muertos" which is the equivalent of Mexican halloween.

That is at least an interesting concept... right?!

Considering this was supposedly made for around $5 million it becomes less a matter of if it gets a sequel and more about the real horror: how many sequels and will it break the Saw/Paranormal Activity franchise streaks?

K12:
I'm surprised that they can make a film called Ouija. I was under the impression that the game's name was still under copywright.

Trademark, and it is. Hasbro are the ones who made the damn movie. Surprised?

Why do you keep on video reviewing the ones no one cares about. Why didn't you cover NightCrawler?

"Legitimate spiritualists and mediums"

You may have a bit of a contradiction there, Bob.

Steve the Pocket:

K12:
I'm surprised that they can make a film called Ouija. I was under the impression that the game's name was still under copyright.

Trademark, and it is. Hasbro are the ones who made the damn movie. Surprised?

Slightly embarrassed I didn't think of that and apparently don't understand the difference between copyright and trademark.

It's not exactly the Lego Movie is it?

Bah, I really enjoy Moviebob's content, but I can never truly like a person who makes sure every year that everyone understands how much they despise the holiday season.

I get that there's a lot of nasty stuff associated with the holiday season, but it takes the smallest amount of effort to ignore all that awful stuff and embrace the good parts of the season.

K12:

Slightly embarrassed I didn't think of that and apparently don't understand the difference between copyright and trademark.

For future reference, copyrights mean a control right over the copying one's creative output, while trademarks are about the exclusive use of a mark that has been associated with one's trade.

A book's text, or a video game's content, are copyrighted. A word like "Windows", or a shape like the golden arches, are trademarked.

Copyrights require original creation, and last for a fix timeframe based on the author's death. Trademarks require brand identification, and last as long as the brand is in use and the trademarked label is associated with it.

Copyright is the one that gets our let's play videos, and youtube remix videos taken down, fanfic writers censored, and abandonware unpublishable.

Trademarks are the ones that get Scrolls and Banner Saga sued, Battleship and Ouija produced, and make Adobe insisting that the proper phrase is "edited with Adobe Photoshop software". (if "photoshopped" would be said separately from the brand often enough, they could lose it).

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I'm not sure why Moviebob didn't review Nightwalker instead which is creepier about the real world (news culture) and is already regarded as one of the best films of the year with a career-defining performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. It's happened for a year now, picking easy targets to slam rather than more interesting movies that are given the briefest of mentions.

My grocery store had the Christmas crap up two weeks ago. No carols yet at least.

Arfreid:
So, this means that I must give up hope that Bob will review "The book of life" ?

I know this isn't a terror movie, but it's about the "Dia de Muertos" which is the equivalent of Mexican halloween.

That is at least an interesting concept... right?!

I was also hoping for "The Book of Life" review, especially with Guillermo del Toro as a producer. And how it has some similarities with Paranorman.

My review of the movie, it's a good movie, you should see it, tell your friends.

I was hoping Bob would tear into Annabelle which would be far more entertaining considering how laughably bad awful it is.

I don't think we can be shocked it's bad. Hasbro desperately wants to be a media company like Marvel but they are still in the phase of approving just about anything just to get their brands out there. Perhaps one day Hasbro Studios will decide hey quality is important, but making any money off of crap has them in the crap phase of studio evolution.

Had no interest in this one and now I know for sure thank you Movie Bob.

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