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Review: OUIJA SHARK (2020)

Brett Kelly (here recycling his Scott Patrick alias) and writer David A. Lloyd have quite a bit of shared history. That history includes Jurassic Shark and Raiders of the Lost Shark. So I suppose their current film Ouija Shark was pretty much inevitable. The real issue is, given their filmographies, will it be any good?

Jill (Steph Goodwin) was supposed to meet her friends at the beach. They didn’t show, but she did find a Ouija board floating near the shore of the lake. Of course, when Kim (Robin Hodge, Murder in High Heels) calls to say they’re all at her parent’s pool, she brings it with her. And of course, they mess with it.

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Now despite the fact, the board was floating in a lake it summons up the spirit of a Great White. Being a ghost, it can swim through the air over land and attack people anywhere. Now they need a ghostbuster with a degree in zoology or maybe a shark exorcist to get rid of it. Jill’s dad (John Migliore, Bloody Ballet, Creature from Cannibal Creek) is a paranormal expert, that may have to do.

Ouija Shark was filmed in 2018 at the suggestion of prolific B movie distributor Wild Eye Releasing as a followup to Raiders of the Lost Shark. Shot on a low budget and not meant to be taken seriously, the film isn’t a total disaster. The shark prop is stiff and unmoving, but still manages to look better than most low budget CGI sharks. And the climactic battle in the shark’s ghost realm is amusingly silly.

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However, even at 70 minutes, Ouija Shark has way too much padding. There are endless scenes of people wandering around in the woods or sitting by the pool talking. There’s even a scene where one of the girls, Tiffany (Amy Osborne), helps some random guy wash his car. It serves no point but to kill time and is basically a music video for some crappy country song.

I’m really beginning to think that the makers of Float Trip were onto something. Strip out the padding and just keep the good stuff. Then put it up for streaming at a lower price than a feature-length film. This would let low budget filmmakers maximize their production values. And save the rest of us from endless shots of people wandering around. Everybody ends up winning.

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Ouija Shark might be fun if you’re in an undemanding mood. Just keep the remote nearby. The film is available via Wild Eye Releasing.

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