Ouijageist – UK, 2018

Ouijageist – aka Ouija: The Beginning – is a 2018 British supernatural horror feature film co-produced and directed by John R. Walker (The Great British MassacreThe Amityville Playhouse) from a screenplay by Darrell Buxton and Steve Hardy. The Scrapfilms production stars Lois Wilkinson, Lesley Scoble, Roger Shepherd and Gabriella Calderone.

Plot:

Young single mum India (Lois Wilkinson) moves into her new rented house and adds to the pressures of finding employment and meeting the rent when she and her friend begin dabbling with an Ouija board they found buried in the garden. Evil powers are unleashed and mysterious deaths begin to occur…

Reviews:

“There is horror but it’s largely played down, making it for the most part a suburban drama with things that go bump in the night. Things do eventually move to an Evil Dead style climax – presaged by a cafe scene where India’s slacker ex breaks out in pentagramic welts and spews bile everywhere…” David Dent, Dark Eyes of London

“Curses are dismissed as “bloody rubbish”, Basil Exposition-style “experts” are written off for their “mumbo jumbo” and a chirpy window cleaner is harassed by his own, possessed hose […] Refreshing humour aside, the movie also takes time to flesh out an appealing, likeable heroine – played with a natural screen presence by newcomer Wilkinson – and bows out with a circular downbeat ending in the tradition of its 1970’s forebears.” Steven West, Horrorscreams Videovault

“Nice first sequence, but the British section pales in comparison. A few good performances, the young mum and the cinema-loving priest. Some effects scenes seemingly kept in from a longer cut, so just sit there, out of place.” Mick Brooks, Letterboxd

“Chuckled at awkward acting, and the ‘shock’ of a dogs head thrown made me guffaw. But the earnest ambition of it all, the commitment to trad horror, left me rather affectionate toward it. Loved the horror-fan bishop guy.” Peter Laws, Twitter

Main cast and characters:

  • Lois Wilkinson … India Harper
  • Lesley Scoble … Karen Harper
  • Roger Shepherd … Laurie
  • Gabriella Calderone … Rebecca Moore
  • India Raqia-Walker … Emily Harper
  • Kristofer Dayne … Tobias Bachmann
  • Nicholas Kendrick … Paul Leonard
  • Michelle Jennings … D.I. Hodges
  • Nigel Buckley … Bishop Chapman
  • James Noir … Nathan
  • Nathan Head … Mark
  • Laurence Saunders … Father West
  • Neilum Raqia … Neesha
  • Keith Whitehouse … Terry
  • Chris Wilson … Chief Inspector Marshall

Filming locations:

Dudley, England
Wednesbury, England
Switzerland

Running time:

77 minutes

Related:

The Ouija Board: A history and its influence – article

The Amityville Playhouse aka Amityville Theater – UK, 2015

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