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      Oculus

      2013, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 45m

      158 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans. Read critic reviews

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      Oculus (2013)

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      Haunted by the violent demise of their parents 10 years earlier, adult siblings Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) are now struggling to rebuild their relationship. Kaylie suspects that their antique mirror, known as the Lasser Glass, is behind the tragedy. The seemingly harmless reflections contain a malevolent, supernatural force that infects the mind of anyone who gazes into it. As Kaylie gets closer to the truth, the siblings become caught in the mirror's evil spell.

      • Rating: R (Some Disturbing Images|Brief Language|Terror|Violence)

      • Genre: Horror, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Mike Flanagan

      • Producer: Trevor Macy, Marc D. Evans

      • Writer: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $27.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Relativity Media

      • Production Co: Intrepid Pictures

      Cast & Crew

      Karen Gillan
      Katee Sackhoff
      Rory Cochrane
      Annalise Basso
      Mike Flanagan
      Jeff Howard
      Peter Schlessel
      Anil Kurian
      D. Scott Lumpkin
      Dale Armin Johnson
      Glenn Murray
      Julie B. May
      Ryan Kavanaugh
      Tucker Tooley
      Jason Blum
      Michael J. Luisi
      Michael Fimognari
      Mike Flanagan
      Russell Barnes

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      • Oct 24, 2015

        In trying to be clever the film actually renders itself predictable and dull.

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      • Oct 19, 2015

        Oculus features a neat villain-premise that is hard to fault on any particular issue, but also doesn't really excel in any field either.

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      • Jun 22, 2015

        Creepy and confusing at times.

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      • Dec 18, 2014

        After watching "Oculus" for the first time I was just a little disappointed, because though there are many frightening elements to this story, it's much more of a psychological mystery than a horror film. Thinking this was more of a ghost story, I went in expecting specters, and a clear, concise ending, but this film surprised me. Leaving much of this ambiguous for the viewer, the film is a fully realized thought experiment about paranormal investigations, and how much of these characters' actions can be blamed on this mirror's influence, or their own mental illness. I didn't like this ambiguity at first, but after letting the film simmer in my brain for a couple of days I was still thinking through the complexities of the premise of the story. I could easily watch this again and again, toiling over what the events of the story mean, and whether the mirror really is haunted. The great thing about this film is that it stays with you, seeps into you, until, like the mirror's influence, it takes hold. There aren't many horror films that can boast such complexities. I wouldn't be surprised if, like recent horror trends, this film spurs sequels, but I hope it doesn't. The ending was perfect, fusing the past and present in a furious whirlwind, never letting us know exactly what transpired in that house. It was confusing at times, since it melded two separate narratives, and included hallucinations, but it controlled its story well and ended perfectly. Any sequel would botch the nuanced aspects of this modern horror classic.

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