Movies based on board games are hardly a new phenomenon - Tim Curry hammed it up in Clue almost 30 years ago. Since then we've had the likes of Jumanji and Battleship and now Hasbro has another flick in the works. This time for Ouija.
Despite its mystical connections, the Ouija board has basically always been a toy - only created in the laste 1800s with a made up name from the French and German names for Yes. Taken in this context, it's actually not scary at all but that hasn't stopped the filmmakers from going for broke with their tale of tortured teens and one creepy spirit.
Check out the first trailer.
It makes for a decent enough trailer, certainly by the standards of the glossy horror genre. The director is a first timer who also wrote Knowing but the peripheral names are more interesting - Michael Bay is a producer and he's joined by Jason Blum, behind hits like Paranormal Activity and Sinister.
Originally conceived as a $100 million blockbuster style flick (with likely more of a family focus) the budget was wisely pared down and the genre elements amped up. If nothing else, its the kind of film that will drag in enough teenage bodies in its opening weekend to make it a minor success. We could even be looking at a new franchise.
Ouija is in cinemas in October 2014.