Oculus is a film about a mirror and some spooky stuff that goes around because of it. Brother and sister, Tim and Kaylie, vow to destroy it once and for all. But can they get it done before the mirror does its spooky stuff on them??? Story doesn't sound original, but it does look intriguing, so when I found the film at my local Redbox, I couldn't resist. I haven't done a Thoughts on post in a while so let's just lay out the ground rules before I get into it. THIS IS NOT A REVIEW. This is merely some thoughts and observations that I made while watching the film. Also, I will speak candidly of the film so there will be spoilers. If you haven't seen it, go see it now and then come back and check out this post. Now, my thoughts on... Oculus.
Oculus first caught my eye when the commercials were running for its theater release some time in 2013. I remember watching TV with my daughter and when Karen's face came on screen, we both went, "That's Amy!" lol Karen's best known for her role as Amy Pond on Dr. Who and we were in the midst of binge watching the show so we were a bit shocked to see her on something that was not Dr. Who. Anyways, I don't know any of Karen's other work so I was curious to see just how well she would do in a feature film.
First off... the mirror. A scary movie about a mirror... Didn't we already cover this? I think the name of that film is... ugh... MIRRORS. lol I think I did a post about it. I'll have to go through the archives and find out if I did or not. Anyways, there's something odd about mirrors. Something about them just screams supernatural. Whenever I look into one, I see my reflection but I know it's not me. Like something's not right. Maybe I played one too many Silent Hill games that I don't trust mirrors. lol Or maybe we are all born with this innate sense to catch things when they seem off. It's unsettling. Now I'm not saying that all mirrors are evil or possess some kind of supernatural spirit or whatever. It was believed, probably still by some, that the mirror not only reflected your physical appearance but your soul as well and breaking the mirror would be the equivalent of shattering your soul. Whether that's more than enough to conjure up the hell spawns of Satan and wreck havoc in your life is another story. I think that films about mirrors plays on this feeling and may be why I'm drawn to stories about mirrors. As for the story...
|Mirror Seduction Skills: Level Paranormal|
Oculus is unique and may not be for everyone. Most "scary" movies have multiple jump scares or bloody, gory scenes. This film does not. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's cringe worthy shots. Throughout the film, the mirror alters reality for the characters. They don't know what's real and what's not. What they see, may not be real, what they hear but not be there. They simply do not know and even though Kaylie tries to set up Kaylie biting into the light bulb... that made me cringe. But you know what, you don't actually see her biting into it. You hear the cracking, you see the aftermath, but the act itself is not shown on screen. There is also another scene where the mom is in front of the mirror and is compelled to slice open her stomach. Again, you don't see the act, but you know that's what she's doing. That, I absolutely love. Let my mind picture it. Let my minds eye visualize what would be cringe worthy to me. And it works. Your brain is a lot more effective at creating that gruesome scene.
|Ummm... yeah... that's not an apple.|
|Getting up close with mirrors can be dangerous. Just saying. lol|
No movie is perfect, but I really did enjoy Oculus. There are only so many vampires, monsters, and scary things that you can reuse to make a horror film. I love it when a story comes out and attempts to change it up a bit. Though a possessed mirror is not original, the story is told in such a way that it keeps you intrigued. The story moves along well and there really isn't a slow part in the film. Switching between the past and present is extremely well done and the film gets MAJOR points when you, as the audience, is experiencing what the characters experience when you are unsure whether or not both timelines are running concurrently. That was a very nice touch! If you are looking for a film with a refreshing take on the horror genre, go watch Oculus. It's not a great film, but it's not bad either. It's entertaining and that should be enough to go and check it out. And if nothing else... Karen Gillan! C'mon, you can't go wrong when Amy Pond is involved! lol
So, what did you think of the movie? Love it or hate it, I want to hear from you, friends! Later!