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Sarah and her friends decide to spend the weekend at an old villa Sarah mysteriously inherited. After finding an Ouija Board in the attic, Sarah and her friends unknowingly awaken an evil force connected to the villa’s hidden secrets. To fight the unimaginable horror they will have to face their darkest fears and worst nightmares.

Ouija Seance: The Final Game has neither seances nor games and certainly, doesn’t seem bent on being the final anything. It IS a recycled TV movie with little aim aside from filling time. The story picks up in a University in Florence, Italy where Sarah (Katharina Sporrer) the beautiful and studious, is studying art restoration. Don’t worry. This is filler. The fact that she knows art, and is in Italy is just a smokescreen for the predictable plot ahead. We are never sure where she is from. In fact, she returns to her apartment and startles her scantily clad roommate Barbara (Holly Mumford) then follows it with a conversation about how she can’t stay longer for more studies.

“…PARTY!…if only they hadn’t found that ancient Ouija board in the forbidden room…”

The plan is to go off to a party that night with two gents from school. However, the plot continues to throw errant points at us like shards from a woodchipper. Sarah’s mother has passed and left her a large mansion in the woods. This wouldn’t be that much of a thing, but well, a mysterious person phones Sarah to say that she must personally bring some paperwork by the home. En route to the mansion, the party is canceled, thank god they mentioned it, and the group decided to just have their own weekend party at the mansion. They have to deal with creepy one-eyed groundskeeper Dante (Gianfranco Quero) but hey, PARTY! Now if only they hadn’t found that ancient Ouija board in the forbidden room that Dante yelled at them about.

So, after writer, producer, director Andrea Mugnaini spins the dial on the storyline wheel of fortune we finally land on something. Nothing happens at first. I mean, they DID have to pad the 80 minute run time. The couples begin to bicker and fight, then get drunk, then the storm comes, and we discover that the Ouija board let a malevolent shadow loose that is set on filling Sarah.

“…a pastiche of American buzzwords used to form a title for a vaguely plot driven waste of time.”

Ouija Seance: The Final Game is a lazily written spooker featuring performances that range in quality and which are rarely engaging enough for us to care. Shocking, then, that the director of photography did such a beautiful job. The crisp visuals and rich photography of the surrounding forests are a nice distraction from the fact that the conflicts feel more than forced and the plot is just begging to be found.

This isn’t the worst that Redbox may have to offer but, really? Ouija Seance: The Final Game is a pastiche of American buzzwords used to form a title for a vaguely plot driven waste of time.

Ouija Seance: The Final Game (2018) Written and directed by Andrea Mugnaini. Starring Alan Cappelli Goetz, Andrea Fachinetti, Holly Louise Mumford, Gianfranco Quero

4 out of 10

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