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Monday, September 7, 2015

Ouija – Short Script Review (Optioned!) - posted by Steven Clark

Ouija

A group of friends get more than they bargained for when they hook a Ouija board up to a 3D printer and encounter a presence from the other side.

You a ghost and horror fan? Then, let’s chat about a staple in the supernatural sub-genre… that well-known prop: Ouija boards!

Widely considered a tool to summon the dead, theories about Ouija boards abound. Some true believers consider these plywood concentrations of pressed evil to be an expressway to the very depths of hell. A gateway, in fact, for evil spirits – offering EZpass access to one’s soul. Other paranormal doubters consider the boards a harmless family game (and profit play by Hasbro Inc.) Needless to say, such contrasting views are polarizing: what are a Ouija Board’s true powers? Can they be used for Good? Evil? Or – perhaps – Comedy?

That’s the meta-answer provided by veteran writer Anthony Cawood, with his latest horror offering, Ouija. Peek, if you will, into its blood soaked pages. Beyond it, you’ll find a secluded cabin in the forest, populated by four close and fool-hearty friends: Kurt, Grace, Dean and Imogen. Yep, the candles are lit. And the patchouli incense a-burning. Toss in a copy of the titular game, and the potentially grisly scene is set. Evil Dead notwithstanding, the supernatural rendezvous date comes due…. save for one torn-from-the-script pages of The Big Bang– twist:

The gang’s Ouija board is rigged to a 3d printer, in the hopes of bringing the visions it invokes to life.

And boy, does it ever!

Shaking hands  grazing the planchette, the friends toss question after question into the whirling miasma of the spirit world. Do they get answers? No avail. But soon the printer ‘whirs’ to life, building an ominous model of their own cabin. Not to mention a premonition of the foursome’s looming deadly fate….

Will our best buds deny their fears and stick it out? Or flee the cabin, in mortal fear of their lives? Written with a dark humoristic streak, Ouija melds generic horror with quirky high-tech sensibility. Horror directors take note – this script fuses classic paranormal jump scares with fresh blood – ala Generation Y!

Pages: 8

Budget: Pretty low. A cabin, teens and Ouija board. (Well, plus a fake 3d Printer). That’s it!

About the writer, Anthony Cawood: I’m an award winning screenwriter from the UK with over 15 scripts produced, optioned and/or purchased. Outside of my screenwriting career, I’m also a published short story writer and movie reviewer. Links to my films and details of my scripts can be found at www.anthonycawood.co.uk.

About the reviewer: Based in upstate, NY, Steven Clark is the writer of over 30 short scripts, several of which are under option, in pre-production, or have already been made into films. On A Clear Night, a family Christmas feature aimed at a Hallmark Channel-type audience, is currently in the works. Steven can be reached at Steamroller138 (a) gmail.

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This screenplay may not be used or reproduced for any purpose including educational purposes without the expressed written permission of the author.

2 Comments so far

1.

KP Mackie
September 9th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Terrific spin. Very clever…
Another winner from AC! 🙂

2.

Anthony Cawood
September 9th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for the kind words KP, much appreciated.

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