Review: Scott Patrick’s “Ouija Shark”

It wouldn’t be the summer without a terrible shark movie, and Say What Productions’ Ouija Shark more than fills that void. I mean that with the upmost respect, though, because zero budget shark movies are one of my greatest guilty pleasures. Now on DVD and VOD courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing and from the minds of David A. Lloyd and John Migliore, Ouija Shark follows a small group of young women who accidentally summon the ghost of a vengeful shark in the middle of a suburb after finding an ouija board on the coast. As they disappear in the beast’s jaws, it’s up to the survivors to solve the mystery and send the big fish back to its watery grave. From director, cinematographer and editor Scott Patrick, Ouija Shark stars Steph Goodwin, Zoe Towne, Robin Hodge, Christina Roman, Amy Osborne, John Migliore and Peter Whittaker.

HorrorSociety is a website originally founded to support zero budget horror films, so obviously I’m not going to knock Ouija Shark for looking like it was made for a couple thousand dollars (if that). However, I will knock it for its cut away death scenes. The execution of these critical moments were done away with by use of cut away shots, camera pans or stopping the camera. In a movie like this, about a ghost shark that kills people, I wanted to see the special effects – whether they were lousy or not. So, by not showcasing any practical effect, Ouija Shark definitely fails to deliver on the campy, cheesy goods that suspecting fans would look for. And that’s a shame because it has a large body count to blow through and a lot of fun material to work with.

Still, Ouija Shark does have a lot going for it. There’s a lot of fun surprises, especially at the end, and a few twists that will keep viewers on their toes. For one, I thought the lead actress was going to be the opening kill, but that didn’t happen. A lot of supernatural sequences and chase scenes happen during the day and you get a good gander at all of it; but at the same time, it does take away from the overall mood of the movie. While Ouija Shark is somewhat sexualized and sometimes leans in the comedic side, it still resembles a title you could have found in the horror section of your local VHS store decades ago. Throw in some decent acting for a movie like this, that did need some work with timing – mind you, and yeah, Ouija Shark isn’t about to win any awards, but it panders to its demographic well.

Final Score: 7.5 out of 10.

Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)