'Ouija' Debuts First Trailer

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Of all the tenuous tie-in properties pitched by Hasbro over the last few years, a movie "based on" the Ouija board game is one of the few that seems to make a certain small amount of sense. Sure, it's a trashy, exploitative premise, but it's also a temptingly flexible one -- much like the Final Destination movies, which churn a changing cast of beautiful, doomed young people through the spinning blades of Death's maw, you could easily turn Ouija into a franchise whose central character is a creepy board that passes through the hands of different "stars" with each installment.

It's too soon to tell if that's what Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse have in mind for Ouija, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 24. But its plot -- in which "a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board" -- certainly seems like little more than a blank slate on which to scribble endless scenes of foolhardy teens dabbling in the afterlife.

Of course, as the studios have long understood, filmgoers never get tired of watching teenagers scream -- so quench your thirst for more right here:

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