Director Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Somnia) did a good job with directing Oculus (2013) in Mobile and Fairhope Alabama. It seems like he did not have much to work with so I give him credit for the scare factors. Oculus has little gore, some violence, some frightening scenes that may scare younger viewers and it had little to mild bad language. This movie is full of unpredictable suspense, action scenes and a few jump out of your seat scares.
Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites - Gods of Egypt, The Giver, Maleficent) and Kaylie Russell (Karen Gillan - Guardians of the Galaxy, The List, New Town Killers) are siblings who witnessed a deadly tragedy eleven years ago that had a fatal outcome for their family. Tim’s father Alan (Rory Cochrane - Parkland, Argo, Public Enemies) killed his wife Marie (Katee Sackhoff - Untitled Adi Shankar Project, Tell, Riddick) and Tim killed his father in self defense to save his life and his sisters’ life. Tim was 10 years old at the time and became fragile because he could not handle what he did and saw so he was sent to a mental institution.
Tim got released from the institution several years later and his sister Kaylie tries to convince him to revisit the past that can be fatal to him. Kaylie tries to convince Tim that an antique mirror their father had bought for his office is the reason/cause for their violent childhood and result of their family. Kaylie believes that the mirror is from three hundred years ago and causes chaos and death in one’s household because it is possessed by a demonic force/entity. Tim and Kaylie tries to call out the demonic entity from the unique mirror and quickly learns that the mirror is very powerful. They soon began to fight to save their own lives.
This movie does jump between the past and present fluidly but may confuse some individuals but this is done two create a fluid narrative aspect to the past events. It all made sense in the end. The scare factors, thrills and suspense added to the score of a 8. If you love horror movies that has a storyline that switches between the present and past numerous times then this is the movie for you. I will not watch this movie again though but it was a good horror movie and perhaps one of the best horror movies of 2014 so far.
About Oculus 2013
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr., Garrett Ryan, Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan, Ashley Bonds, Doris Dean, Brett Luciana Murray, Miguel Sandoval, Rory Cochrane, Lesa Johnson, Allison Boyd, James Flanagan, Annalise Basso, Alexandra Beer, James Lafferty, Marc Evans, Kate Siegel, Toni White, Scott Graham, Michael J. Fourticq, Katie Parker, Amanda Spears, Justin Gordon, Bruce Larsen, Bob Gebert, Zak Jeffries, Courtney Bell, Elisa Victoria, Dave Levine
Director: Mike Flanagan
MPAA Rating: R
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