OUIJAGEIST (2018) Reviews of British horror

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‘She will eat your soul’
Ouijageist is a 2018 British supernatural horror feature film co-produced and directed by John R. Walker (5G ZombiesThe Amityville Playhouse) from a screenplay written by Darrell Buxton and Steve Hardy. The Scrap Films production stars Lois Wilkinson, Lesley Scoble, Roger Shepherd and Gabriella Calderone.

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…

“While not wholly original, this micro-budgeted, meta pseudo-sequel ended up being an entertaining work […] it presents genre homages that an Argento and Coscarelli fan like myself appreciates. Walker does a commendable job with his slight budgets and unknown actors…” B&S About Movies

” …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…” Dark Eyes of London

“This was a pretty solid and enjoyable effort. Among the films’ better efforts is the fact that this one tends to introduce the malicious figure in their lives in a way that legitimately doesn’t feel like anything out of the ordinary is going on […] it takes so long for anything to happen, resulting in the finale feeling like all these strange incidents are occurring suddenly with no build-up due to the weird pacing.” Don’s World of Horror and Exploitation

“A lot of the camera shots are flat and drab, the score and foley work stays in line with the visuals, with the exception of a fun constant menacing sound that signifies the evil spirit, and more time should have been spent either in casting the roles or just getting the cast he could afford to do what was being asked of them.” For It Is Man’s Number

“To be fair to the cast and crew, there’s a fun little horror film trying to sneak out of this rather muddled mess. The production overall is quite acceptable for the genre (with one notable exception), the cast delivers up performances that are rather self-conscious but no worse than in other horror films.” Go Fatherhood

“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.” 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

“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

Ouijageist is low budget and far from original, but it is entertaining. There’s everything from possession to a killer garden hose to a creature in the kitchen sink. The effects may be fairly bare-bones but unlike so many low budget films lately, at least it has effects […] Once you get past the slow start Ouijageist is fairly witty and fun with quite a few references to other films worked in.” Voices from the Balcony

Ouijageist is available on digital and DVD on April 14th 2020 from Wild Eye Releasing.

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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

Running time:
1 hour 17 minutes

Working title:
Ouija: The Beginning

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