Oculus

Oculus

Mike Flanagan (2013)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

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.

Cast & Crew

Kaylie Russell Karen Gillan
Marie Russell Katee Sackhoff
Tim Russell Brenton Thwaites
Alan Russell Rory Cochrane
Michael Dumont James Lafferty
Young Kaylie Annalise Basso
Young Tim Garrett Ryan
Dr Shawn Graham Miguel Sandoval
Director Mike Flanagan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Jun 2014
Drama