06th Jul2021

‘Ouija Warehouse’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Justin Armstrong, Matias Gaffoglio, Joseph Herrers, Abby Joy, Angel Rose Keeley, Kristin Keith, Suha Kim, Larandall McKind, Tom Roma, Swisyzinna, Chaselyn Wade | Written and Directed by Israel Luna

A bunch of friends decide to throw a birthday party in a large warehouse (looking more like the actual offices of the production company, LaLuna Entertainment, that made this!) Two of the group, Kay and best friend Noah – as people tend to do when they’re supposed to be cleaning up – mess around with the Ouija board they find instead of actually doing work. And as we all know in horror films, messing with a ouija board is a bad idea, especially when, according to Kay, people died in that very building the year before! Big mistake. What’s an even bigger mistake is actually trying to contact said dead people. What follows is your usual “haunting” tropes – strange noises, disappearing objects, oh and a possible portal to the other side…

Released under the title Ouija Warehouse – which is ridiculously descriptive for movie title – this film, the latest in writer/director Israel Luna’s “Ouija” series that began with The Ouija Experiment, strangely carries the title Ouija: Deadly Reunion on the film itself. Whatever the title, Luna’s film is like every other low-budget horror that bears the word “ouija” in its name. Sub-par.

This one is incredibly amateur-hour, both in front and behind the camera. A film that has no original ideas, instead conforming to each and every stereotype and cliche; though Luna throws in some ridiculous ideas of his own – including a music-video style sequence in which the performer hired for the “party” thats set to take place in the warehouse practices her lip-sync performance for what feels like forever.

Kudos must go to Israel Luna for managing to keep his Ouija franchise going AND getting them released (this is the FIFTH film in the series but actually connects more to the first two films than the other sequels, apparently). Plus this particular film was shot during the recent pandemic, which meant it was filmed with a limited cast and crew – something which also led to an interesting stylistic choice for Luna… Ouija Warehouse was shot to look like a single-shot movie, with minimal cuts, inspired by the work of Hitchcock of all people. But it’s all a bit “just because you can, should you?” Trying to film in one shot leads to some fourth-wall breaking footage, in particular when characters open and hold doors open for the camera!

In an interview Luna gave with QueerSciFi he revealed that Ouija Warehouse was shot without a script, instead just using a detailed outline and sadly it shows. The films performers seemingly mumbling over each other making it hard to follow conversations at times and thus hard to follow the film. Though the plots so basic: use ouija board, conjure spirts, open portal, chaos ensues, that the lack of script isn’t too much of an issue.

If you’ve seen the other entries in the Ouija Experiment series and have an urge to continue the franchise then anything I say regarding the film isn’t going to influence you; but if you’re going into Ouija Warehouse blind I’d suggest an air of caution.

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