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The problem with Oculus lay in the fact that its premise was extremely ambitious and the screenwriters just couldn't keep up. It seemed that they bit off more than they could chew, which shouldn't be surprising given that the story's centerpiece was based on time manipulation. The filmmakers were victims of their own ambitions....they were able to build the story up masterfully, but could not deliver a climax that matched their efforts.
So, what's the verdict? Oculus is definitely worth a watch, if you're up for a creepy and interesting story.
I wasn't expecting a lot from Oculus going into see it. The marketing was underwhelming and kind of cheesy, so I was braced for bad or at best, a cheesy yet fun film. Oculus is the most original horror film I've seen since You're Next. I loved every minute of it and it was a breath of fresh air compared to all the sequels, remakes, and rip-offs that clutter the genre. Oculus has 2 story lines: one in eleven years in the past where Kaylie and Tim witness their father going crazy and one in the present where Kaylie has planned to destroy the mirror with her brother as they promised when they were children. This film is kind of like a prequel with a sequel inside it. The stories are told in alternating segments that increase in intensity and horror as the film goes on until the two story lines actually intersect at the end of the film. It's very unexpected and well done thanks to the main antagonist, the mirror.
The mirror is a wonderfully creepy yet innocuous looking villain. By itself, it's not really anything.Read more ›
POLARIZED REVIEWS: Other reviews' opinions seem to vary wildly, ranging from calling it poorly acted and carelessly written to praising it as fantastic across the board. I fell on the "pro" side of the argument and feel that those who were disappointed don't like to think about their horror (during the movie) as much as I do. After all, it is no rollercoaster nor is it really "exciting," so I see how some may bore of this.
Horror is a genre characterized by one-dimensional characters typified by hardly serviceably acting their way through flat writing to occupy the time until they drink, vandalize, have premarital sex, or do whatever it is that justifies their upcoming death. Despite this, filmmakers press on and we find the occasional pleasant surprise in The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Conjuring (2013), or other films in which people actually cared about more than simply turning a profit and brought us new spins on classic tropes and even some entirely original ideas. I feel that Oculus is one of those refreshing films. Its scares number low and it's gore is nothing special, but the acting is phenomenal and the story execution is captivating, although tough to follow at times. More a product of deep and undeniable intrigue than dread, the tension mounts and really never loosens its grip until the closing credits are cast down the screen.
Tim (Brenton Thwaites; The Signal, Maleficent) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan; Doctor Who) had a seriously messed up childhood.Read more ›
In 1951, the Robert Bloch story, "The Hungry House" was published. The television show, Boris Karloff's Thriller, had an episode based in this story called, "The Hungry Glass." Robert Bloch (the author of Psycho) would have enjoyed this movie. Intentional or not, it is the only homage to Robert Bloch's short story.
It is awesome to see a straight on horror film that depends on story rather than buckets of gore and pop out startles. Very enjoyable. It will make anyone wonder the next time they look into the mirror.
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This was a great movie to rent but not one I would buy myself. I found the storyline amazing, the scenes captivating, but the closeups on the gore just weren't necessary to the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Brandy
This would've been 5 stars ... if it didnt get so confusing in the second half. Too many time shifts and too many optical illusions made it hard to follow. Read morePublished 7 days ago by sparky_magic_rainbow
It was a pretty good movie!! Everyone will have their own take on this one! But I have seen better horror movies!!Published 12 days ago by Kathy Balberde
terror, parallel timelines, and to the end leaving it up to the viewer to distinguish reflection from reality, riveted to the oculus. good writing and acting. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Joe Fatmama
Had quite a few creepy scenes but wasn't as good as some of the reviewers indicated. I hated the ending.Published 1 month ago by LGW