(This review may contain spoilers).
I did find myself enjoying this film more than I thought I would. I do find horror movies entertaining… mostly because it’s a ‘safe’ kind of fear. But most of the time, the characters are just attractive people with very little real personality outside of the stereotypes.
I didn’t feel that was so much the case with this film. I felt that there was time spent developing the characters and that was something I really appreciated.
Ouija boards are something that are quite scary and not something I would ever play around with personally. It might be a game most of the time… but they’re still very dangerous.
This film did follow quite a lot of the horror movie cliches, I felt. The whole dark basements… and the ‘cheap’ scares. (Where something perfectly normal appears unexpectedly. Also known as the ‘it’s just a cat’ syndrome). I did jump at some of the scary moments, but not all of them.
It was good that there wasn’t a lot of blood and gore in this movie. I honestly believe that less is more when it comes to horror and I felt that the camera panned out at just the right moment a lot of the time.
There were a couple of points where I felt that the characters didn’t utilise technology (read: Google) in the way they could have… or ask the right questions when in a position to do so. And although the grief at the beginning came across as real, there wasn’t really and reaction when others started dying. It was like all of the parents/family/friends weren’t interested… didn’t care. Even Lane came across that way a bit.
Although I only recognised one of the actors in this film, I did think a lot of them worked really well, even if I did get a bit confused about some of the relationships. (I thought Debbie was Lane’s sister at first).
I did find this film entertaining to watch, with some good jumpy scenes and believable acting most of the time. It’s probably a film I’d be happy to watch again.