Directed by Mike Flanagan.
Written by Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard.
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff & Rory Cochrane.
So yes, I’m a little late with the review of Oculus that’s because I didn’t see it until today. Now horror isn’t quite my favorite genre. That’s because a lot of filmmakers who work there, haven’t got any clue how to make a good one. Sometimes between two or three years there is someone who makes one that is pretty original on its own and eventually it turns to be a pretty good movie, not more not less. Now Oculus is a complete different story. I’m going to admit I was naïve by not going to the cinema for this movie. I heard comments about it was just another crappy horror movie that wasn’t scary at all but it was pretty original in its way, so I dropped out and said no and wait for it to release on Netflix/Hulu. You know a place where I can press stop if I can’t take it anymore. Guys, I regret that decision SOOOOOOO much right now, because it turns out Oculus is a brilliant movie!
Oculus tells two stories in a parallel structure. Two siblings haunted by a childhood tragedy learn that the source of their horror is a mysterious mirror with a dark history. Tim (Brenton Thwaites) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan) were merely teenagers when both of their parents were brutally butchered. Convicted of the killings and sentenced to protective custody, Tim serves his time while Kaylie drifts into a deep despair. Years later, a newly free Tim does his best to lay the past to rest. Meanwhile, Kaylie is certain that her brother was innocent all along, and that the antique mirror their parents used to own holds the answer to her darkest questions.
Now Oculus is NOT your modern day horror movie. If you are going to expect a movie that will scare the shit out of you, you are not going to get it. This is a very good written mind-game in a horror genre. Act 1 of the movie was a bit slow and dull for a second and it made me doubt a little if this was going to be any different, and boy did that turn quickly. As soon as the first plot point hits, you are hooked. The parallel structure is absolutely genius, it is so well done and it immediately got my attention. The directing of this movie is enormously well done, not a single cheesy horror movie line was dropped, this movie stayed original of its own idea.
The performances of the actors were flawless, everyone was good in this movie. Only in Act 1 it looked a bit as if Karen Gillan who plays Kaylie was overacting a bit, but again as soon as the first plot point hits, you quickly understand why she did that. Act 2 and 3 in this movie were so well written, it played with my head and it made me curious towards the end of this movie. Another thing that helped on this journey was the soundtrack, very electrical, soft and freaky. Excellent composed by The Newton Brothers
Oculus surprised me a lot and it actually makes a good competitor against Enemy for me. I strongly recommend you guys to watch Oculus and appreciate it what it tries to do for the horror genre.
Oculus gets a 8.5/10.