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Despite the fact that some truly stellar movies have been coming out since January, the 2014 box office is severely struggling - and the next big holiday on the calendar doesn't look like it will be helping things in the slightest. In fact, analysts are saying that this Halloween may be downright horrific for the movie industry.
I keep waiting for the week when I can get truly excited about what’s coming out. We are getting closer to that feeling, be we aren’t quite there yet. This week we’ve got John Wick, messing with ouija boards and a blind kid playing football. It’s all over the place.
The makers of Ouija have released a rather terrifying viral video to promote its upcoming release that proves just how much the paranormal can seep into peoples’ minds. Don’t believe me? Then check out the clip that will truly give you the jeepers.
For a movie about making contact with the souls of lost loved ones, this new trailer for supernatural chiller Ouija feels oddly soulless. You could make a drinking game centered on all the horror film cliches here.
Paranormal Activity 5 is now Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, and will open in March of 2015 instead of near Halloween, presumably so Ouija producer Jason Blum doesn't have two horror films opening on the same weekend.
Ouija begins with the death of a teenage girl. When her surviving friends try to reach out to her using the titular board game, they unwittingly expose themselves to a vicious supernatural presence that will haunt and horrify them…possibly to death.
Perhaps the draw here lies less within the subject matter and more on the person presenting it. The film was directed by Scott DiLalla, who is responsible for a handful of documentaries, most involving motorcycles.
In the wake of Battleship's thoroughly mediocre reception earlier this month, it seems insane for any studio to be moving ahead with another movie based on a board game-- and that goes double for Universal, which backed Battleship in the first place. But their Ouija movie is the only part of this mini-genre that actually seems to be moving forward properly
If they're planning to tweak the script again, they're going to have to move fast-- Universal has announced a 2013 release for the film, which means production should be starting pretty much immediately. Clearly both Universal and Platinum Dunes still see some money in the idea, but I'm a little baffled by this being the one Hasbro project that Universal picks up, after bailing on nearly all of the other ones save Battleship
if we have to get a Ouija movie, Noxon's involvement makes me a lot more interested than I otherwise would have been. Her sharp script was a big reason why the Fright Night remake worked as well as it did, and she's got a proven skill at making supernatural subject matter compelling, funny, and fun. Supposedly the tone they're going for is similar to The Mummy, an old-school family adventure.
The last year or so has seen the Ouija movie stand on some pretty shaky ground. The project originally had director Pierre Morel attached before he dropped out last November and then McG picked it up. On the writing side, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (Tron: Legacy) wrote the first draft of the script before both Evan Spiliotopoulos and Simon Kinberg were brought on to take passes at it.
The McG-directed Ouija Board movie sounds like precisely the kind of intellectually bankrupt idea that would be mocked on Curb Your Enthusiasm or Entourage; while Michael Bay's Transformers movies have at least boasted impressive new technologies
Hollywood’s obsession with turning board games into movies continues. The Ouija Board movie we’ve been hearing about for months now has finally settled on a director. They’ve picked McG, who has been rumored to be one of the finalists for week
I'm not really sure why he didn't just compare it to Jumanji, since that seems like the nearest comparison, but I guess they don't want us remembering the primitive mid-90s CGI effects in the process
They're still planning on getting the movie out in time for a Thanksgiving 2012 release, but given that they're still trying to figure out the creative direction of the project, it seems like something of a tall order