The horror genre abounds with overused tropes. Watch any horror movie and you will spot several. Watch Ouija Seance: The Final Game and you’ll likely see them all.
Ouija Seance: The Final Game takes place in Italy where a young woman named Sarah and her roommate Barb are packing for a weekend trip. They’re headed to a friend’s place for a weekend-long party. Before they are able to leave, Sarah receives a call letting her know that she needs to go to the creepy, old house her grandmother left her. She is selling the house and has to leave some paperwork there. Barb’s jerky, French boyfriend, Guillaume and another guy named Rico, who is an ex of Sarah’s join the girls on this trip. None of the group are Italian but seem to be going to college there.
- The main character receives a creepy old house in the woods by a relative she never met.
- The main group features a classic horror character layout: Sarah (Virgin/Survivor Girl), Barb (Whore), Guillaume (Jerk), and Rico (The Nice Guy).
On the way to the house, Barb receives a call that the party they were going to for the weekend has been canceled because the host’s parents returned home early. This made me laugh out loud because the characters are clearly in their mid to late twenties. In fact, later the movie confirms that Sarah is 26 years old. Their friend still lives with her parents and planned to throw a party because they were out of town?? Come on.
Shortly thereafter, they discover they completely lost cell service because the house is miles from anywhere. They arrive at the spooky house and begin to explore, which leads them to meet the crazy, old caretaker. The house has a creepy caretaker with a milky eye who yells at them in Italian while waving an ax about. He sees Sarah and quickly leaves with no explanation. While they couldn’t understand everything he was yelling about, they understood enough to realize he was trying to warn them to stay out of a specific room inside the house.
- The characters completely lose cell service.
- Creepy old caretaker with milky eye warning the characters of some vague evil.
The group then decides they want to spend the weekend at the creepy old house. What group of 20-somethings wouldn’t? Sarah isn’t so sure she wants to stay, but Barb convinces her by meowing. Yes, you read that correctly. Barb tries to convince Sarah to stay the weekend and suddenly just starts meowing at her. Which inexplicably gets Sarah to agree. The group then starts to drink, smoke pot, and get sexual. Where does all of this lead? To the room the caretaker told them to stay away from. Where else? There they find jars of creepy stuff, weird books with rituals, and a strange Ouija board they try out. Why not? The board doesn’t respond when they try to use it, but a strange shadow moves through the room and the lights go out. Things seem to get normal again, so the group goes to sleep.
- Young people who want to spend their weekend in a creepy old house for some unexplained reason.
- Drinking, drugs, and sex.
- Group does exactly what they were warned not to and proceeds to fiddle with a supernatural device they found.
If you have seen any horror movie ever, you could likely write the rest of the movie yourself. Seriously, I have not seen such a lazily written horror movie in years. It’s almost like the makers of the movie made an AI watch every horror movie ever made and then had it generate a script. Even stranger, for a movie called Ouija Seance: The Final Game, the Ouija Board has very little to do with anything. The group tries to use the board that one time, and it doesn’t respond at all. It hardly has anything to do with the plot of the movie.The plot centers around a curse placed on Sarah’s family. Another trope if you happen to be counting.
For a movie that’s only one hour and twenty minutes long, it manages to feel much longer. The script is lazy, the acting is bad, and the plot is super predictable. As the movie plods towards its telegraph ending, it hits as many additional tropes as possible. It reveals dark secrets in Sarah’s family history, there is gratuitous nudity, possession, the caretaker makes a heroic turn, and basically any other trope you can think of.
Ouija Seance: The Final Game Overall: 2/10
There is absolutely nothing in Ouija Seance: The Final Game that you haven’t seen in a hundred better horror movies. There are very few scares until the last twenty minutes, and even then it’s pretty lame. However, if you want to spend an hour watching annoying people in a run-down house making stupid decisions, this might just be the movie for you. You can catch it out now digitally or on DVD.