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The Ouija Board

<B>A slow-moving low-budgeter about friends who participate in supernatural hi-jinx, "The Ouija Board" is a no-thrills scarer by first-time director Juan Pedro Ortega Garcia that shows a cavalier disregard for character, credibility and coherence. Pic's sole claim to originality is that it's set in an attractive Spanish village rather than an American summer camp. Commercial prospects, even within Spanish territories, are further hampered by it being in Catalan.</B>

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With: Carlos Olivella, Nuria Font, Ricard Sales, Montse Mostaza, Jaume Garcia, Jon Inciarte.

A slow-moving low-budgeter about friends who participate in supernatural hijinx, “The Ouija Board” is a no-thrills scarer by first-time director Juan Pedro Ortega Garcia that shows a cavalier disregard for character, credibility and coherence. Pic’s sole claim to originality is that it’s set in an attractive Spanish village rather than an American summer camp. Commercial prospects, even within Spanish territories, are further hampered by it being in Catalan.

Occult-obsessed Victor (Ricard Sales) invites Nacho (Carlos Olivella), Bea (Nuria Font) and Santi (Jaume Garcia) to take part in a ouija experiment. They’re joined by out-of-towner Clara (Montse Mostaza), who’s visiting her uncle, blind priest Father Tomas (Jon Inciarte). No sooner has the glass moved than Santi is killed in a car crash, Nacho is raping Bea and evil has taken over. Horror imagery is often sickening rather than scary — at one point, a microwave oven and a puppy are brought into unappealing juxtaposition.

The Ouija Board

Spain

Production: An Aurum release of an 11 Dream, Ibarrtexe & Co. production, with participation of TVE, TVC. Produced by Jose Maria Gonzalez. Executive producers, Eduardo Carneros, Juan Pedro Ortega Garcia. Directed by Juan Pedro Ortega Garcia. Screenplay, Carmen Abarca.

Crew: Camera (color), Gaizka Bourgeald; editor, Ximena Pizarro; music, Xavi Capellas. Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2004. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: With: Carlos Olivella, Nuria Font, Ricard Sales, Montse Mostaza, Jaume Garcia, Jon Inciarte.

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