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Oculus

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Mike Flanagan
  • 103 mins
  • 15
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over

Summary

A woman is reunited with her brother, who was committed to a mental hospital after killing their father, who had tortured and murdered their mother. She believes that a haunted mirror caused their deaths, and takes him back to the site of the tragedy in the hope of confronting the supernatural forces. Horror, starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The haunted-mirror scenario gets an impressive workout in writer/director Mike Flanagan's expansion of his award-winning 2005 short. Doctor Who star Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) work hard at playing disturbed orphaned siblings who endeavour to destroy the antique-looking glass they are convinced unleashed a malignant force that killed their parents a decade earlier. Named after its first recorded owner, the Lasser Glass infects the minds of those it mirrors, leading to paranoia, distorted visions and possession. Flanagan mines these genre staples with cool ease, as taut action and floating camerawork extract maximum creepiness and reflective jolts. But the film is most effective when the spirits trapped in the mirror start protecting themselves by manipulating reality. This is an unnerving trip through a grim and grisly psychological realm.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2014-06-13
Language
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Kaylie RussellKaren Gillan
Marie RussellKatee Sackhoff
Tim RussellBrenton Thwaites
Alan RussellRory Cochrane
Michael DumontJames Lafferty
Young KaylieAnnalise Basso
Young TimGarrett Ryan
Dr Shawn GrahamMiguel Sandoval

Crew

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DirectorMike Flanagan
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