Oculus

Oculus

DVD - 2014
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"It's been ten years since the lives of siblings Tim and Kaylie Russell were shattered and Tim was convicted of murdering their parents. Now released from a mental institution, Tim wants to move on, but his sister has other plans. Kaylie blames their childhood nightmare on the Lasser Glass--an antique mirror with a grisly history--which she intends to destroy by any means possible, even as the mysterious entity continues to cast sinister spells on anyone who gazes into it"--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2014
ISBN: 9780109579638
0109579631
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English dialogue; Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)

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richmole
Nov 11, 2018

A tense, satisfying 2013 supernatural thriller that brings new life to a traditional concept: a malevolent mirror.

It's basically a one-man movie, and the one man is Mike Flanagan, a shock-miester best known, perhaps, for the Netflix series, Haunting of Hill House. Flanagan--as much to explore the idea's potential as anything else--created a short, no-budget film visualizing the "mirror" concept. Smart move: producers liked what they saw, and Flanagan had a number of offers to choose from.
Then he wrote the script.
Then he directed the movie.
Then he edited the movie he'd shot.
If nothing else, it must have been extremely satisfying--hands-on, idea to finished product.

Great direction; excellent performances for, among others, Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and the two pre-teens who face the evil of their parents' possession first-hand. Yikes.

Budget: about 5 million. By the time world-wide ticket sales were added to NA box-office, where opening-day receipts just about paid for the film, $44 million and counting. Next for director Flanagan: the release of a feature based on Stephen King's Doctor Sleep.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 13, 2018

The Oculus movie is about a brother and sister trying to understand the workings of a haunted mirror that they believe was responsible for their tragic childhood. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, and produced by Marc Evans, I found Oculus to be terrifying. I enjoyed how the story would alternate between past, present, reality, and illusion. I found this to be a very neat concept. And while there were cliche moments, I feel like many parts were quite unpredictable. I found this movie spine chilling, and would recommend others to watch it. While the overall concept of this movie is not the most original, I feel like the execution of the story was very well done. Also as a warning, this movie is quite graphic and gory. I would rate this movie 3.5/5.
- @TheCuriousBookworm of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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RoyalJellyIII
Sep 14, 2017

The movie itself is very interesting considering it's about a mirror, but the director does a good job of adding suspense and a back story to the movie and the mirror itself. It's more suspenseful than scary, but does get quite graphic at times. I do not want to say anything more to ruin it, other than, it's definitely a enjoyable movie to watch!

CMLibrary_csmith Feb 06, 2016

One of the most thrilling horror films I have seen and now one of my favorites! If you like your horror films with more psychological suspense rather than cheap thrills, you will want to see this one! Interesting plot with lots of twists and turns. If you are annoyed by films that alternate between past and present, you may be confused at times by the plot, but this shouldn't take away from the overall suspense and horror elements that make the film so well done.

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publicenemy46
Jan 08, 2016

oculus is a movie that has it moments. it really is a interesting premence that mirriors that mirrirors are some how link to to the underworld. a good theory.

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ghostserver
Jul 29, 2015

not "predictable" as some commentator suggests. another suggests a "twisty tale" that will keep you guessing (not predictable). just because you thinks the ending "sucks" that doesn't mean it was predictable... recommended if you enjoy your haunted horror stories more creepy, eerie & with a psychological edge

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Nursebob
Jul 28, 2015

To truly enjoy this twisty tale you of course have to forgive the usual nonsensical horror conventions common to any "haunted thingamajig" story and writer/director Mike Flanagan manages to squeak by with a handful of satisfactory explanations couched within a script that is unexpectedly hair-raising once it gets going. But, above being an effective ghost story, Flanagan manages to pull off a small dramatic coup by running two parallel stories simultaneously—showing what really happened to the children all those years ago while at the same time showing an adult Tim and Kaylie entering the supernatural fray once again. The result is a dizzying montage of past and present as we see the kids running up stairs and hiding in bedrooms while their grownup selves do pretty much the same, all giving rise to an increasingly monstrous reveal which Flanagan wisely saves for the end. And those glowing-eyed creepies which seem to be around every other corner are pure nightmare fodder. Good scary fun!

snowflaketoons Jun 06, 2015

bad

mike12354 Jun 04, 2015

its okay to watch not bad but the end sucks
they could of made a better ending to the movie. Lots of hopping back from the past to the present. Sometimes is confusing. Acting was decent but no one was phenomenal. Predictable, very predictable.

Quimeras Mar 17, 2015

This is an ok horror movie. The story alternates from past to present, making it hard to follow at times. Also, I found it a bit predictable.

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Nov 26, 2014

Auctioneer:

All right, and our next item for bid is a gorgeous antique mirror,
recovered from the Levesque Estate. The Lasser Glass is a
well-traveled gem. It spent several seasons adorning the walls at Balmoral Castle, Scottish home of the Royal Family. This is the original glass
and the original frame. The mirror is in remarkable condition, save for a small hairline fracture down in the lower right-hand corner. The frame is carved out of one piece of Bavarian Black Cedar. ...

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