Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7% (Critics) / 27% (Audience)
Directed By: Stiles White
Written By: Stiles White and Juliet Snowden
Starring: Olivia Cooke, Darren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Shelley Hennig and Lin Shaye
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis: A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. – (Source)
I love Lin Shaye. If I was a Hollywood executive in charge of horror movies I would cast her as the mystically attuned mee-maw in all of them.
I am also a fan of Olivia Cooke and Shelley Henning. These two engaging young actresses are building nice little resumes as scream queens on the big and small screens and always bring something interesting to their roles regardless of how bad the project they are starring in may be.
And it is always nice to see the Teen Witch herself, Robyn Lively, in anything.
Look, I get that ghosts and spirits are all the rage now thanks to films like INSIDIOUS and THE CONJURING but shoving that sub-genre of horror into the teen slasher sub-genre with a piss poor script and pedestrian directing and just expecting it to work is lazy.
And even worse there was nothing scary or even mildly creepy (aside from that flossing scene) about this film. If you are going to ape specific films at the very least try to get the feel of them into your carbon copy.
One thing that bugs me (and I have mentioned in previous reviews) is when movies just play fast and loose with the rules or mythology that they spent time explaining to the audience and this movie does it constantly. The ghostly shenanigans tended to chuck established rules all willy nilly.
Final Verdict: An interesting mix of horror sub-genres that could have been pretty good if anyone involved in the creative process had spent the time needed to make things a bit smarter than just “photogenic Hollywood teens get killed by a pissed off spirit”. It also wastes 3 really good actresses who could have helped elevate things but the odds of that were way too insurmountable long before they were even cast.