Oculus is a horror flick about a woman trying to prove her brother is innocent of murdering their parents… cause a mirror killed them. Yep. A mirror.
To be fair, it’s likely an evil mirror, but every time I try to use this same excuse I get either sent to prison or slapped by a jealous girlfriend.
I didn’t have sex with that hot blond! IT WAS THE MIRROR!
Anyways, Oculus has a 300 year old mirror that bleeds, and is a portal to an evil dimension and innocent souls get sent there forever. Somehow a beautiful young woman with a wrongfully convicted brother has to uncover the secrets of the mirror and save her brother.
“But judge, the MIRROR DID IT!”
Oddly, I would be tempted to believe this if I’d just watched Ghostbusters. Those films are remarkable. Truly.
Oculus comes from writer/director Mike Flanagan, who last made Absentia. He was a Database Operator before Absentia, and I have no clue what that means, but he was that for Beowulf and Monster House. I suppose he operated databases…
Oculus Release Date
April 11, 2014.
Who’s In It?
Katee Sackhoff . . . Marie Russell
Karen Gillan . . . Kaylie Russell
James Lafferty . . . Michael
Rory Cochrane . . . Alan Russell
Miguel Sandoval . . . Dr. Graham
What’s Good About It?
I love the crap out of Karen Gillan, and the trailer looks decent enough, and horror flicks like Oculus tend to do well without much help. They don’t need huge budgets or super star actors, just scares, and this has potential. At least it isn’t found footage.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t have any really negative things to say about Oculus, though I do worry that this is really the first major flick for Karen Gillan, who is somewhat unproven at this point. She’s pretty, and decently talented from what I’ve seen, but outside of her Dr. Who fanbase she’s not terribly well-known. Hopefully she can pull this off.
Our Clever Prediction
I think Oculus has the potential to make some real money when it comes out this April. The film looks solid enough, and it has some spooky ideas. As long as people don’t just laugh at the concept of the mirror being evil or whatever I think it’ll do well enough.