The moral of this film is don't buy a mirror that's more than a year old - or just make sure it's not from one that houses a malevolent spirit that will infect your mind, body and soul.
'Oculus,' directed by Mike Flanagan, is based on a short film of the same name, that he wrote and directed in 2005. The film was made for just under $1500 and shot in four days.
This 'Oculus' written by Flanagan and his writing partner, Jeff Howard, is definitely an expanded version of his the original idea. The film is the story of the Russell family that takes us traveling back and forth into their past and present.
When the movie opens, we meet Tim (Brenton Thwaites) who is about to be released from a mental hospital. He's deemed cured by the doctors and the dude does look like he could be the poster boy for mental health.
Waiting to greet Tim and help him start his new life is his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan). After exchanging hugs, she reminds her brother of the promise he made her years ago.
FLASHBACK. We meet the young Kaylie (Annalise Basso) playing with her younger brother Timbo (Garrett Ryan), as their parents Alan (Rory Cochrane) and Marie (Katee Sckhoff) unpack boxes and arrange the furniture in the new sprawling house, that they just moved into.
If that's not stressful enough, Dad has just started a new in-home business.
Wow, this guy definitely has a lot on his plate...But despite that, he's managed to do some antique shopping and one of his purchases is an ANTIQUE MIRROR...aka A REALLY SUPER EVIL ANTIQUE MIRROR.
It doesn't take long before we discover just how evil this mirror is and the grownup Kaylie, is determined to destroy it.
She's also equally determined to get her brother to keep his promise....To help her kill the mirror.
'Oculus' which opens in theatres Friday, April 11, 2014, is a scary, intense, eerie film that will have you at times, sitting on the edge of your seat. I even popped out of my seat a few times and for that reason, I gave the film 3 1/2 bagels out of 5.
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