Oculus is a 2013 American horror film from Jason Blum, the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious. It was directed by Mike Flanagan (Abstentia) from a screenplay by him and Jeff Howard. The film stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Outcast), Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane (Dazed and Confused) and Katee Sackhoff (Riddick). A US release for April 11, 2014 is scheduled by Intrepid Pictures/Relativity.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents.
Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…
“When the scares do occur, they aren’t cheap. There are some jump scares here and there with the use of loud cues and large images but Oculus somewhat goes into the “James Wan style”. Meaning there is a wide use of long pans and tracking shots as well as make-up. Practical effects are losing the battle to CGI (no surprise) but there are many appropriate films that they can be used subtly, wisely and effectively and Oculus takes huge advantage of this.” Dylan Hoang, Moviepilot
“The film earns some points twisting the earlier story into the current one, a feat accomplished through some marvelously sharp editing, but by the end it’s getting in the way of the present instead of enhancing it … Oculus is well-acted, looks quite good, and manages some moments of entertainment, but as the minutes tick by it grows weaker and weaker until its final cheat designed to allow for a shocker ending. On the sliding scale of “mirror horror” this one sits somewhere between Mirrors and, well, Mirrors 2.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects