It's an okay film. The performances by the cast and the way the story was told i.e. the flashbacks merging with the present, not knowing what was real and what wasn't, was done well. But it was so incredibly predictable it was hard to find it scary.
I have never trusted mirrors. They never reflect my true beauty, turning my gaze into something resembling a hideous gargoyle. Or is that the other way round? I don't know. Which side of the mirror am I on? Hmm, deep questions indeed.
Anyway, the film is pretty good. A haunted mirror plays with the minds of a brother and sister. Can they defeat the mirror? You will have to see it to find out. That is, if you can drag yourselves away from your own mirrors. You people are so vain!
Oculus is really not that scary but it makes up for it with some excellent performances and a very imaginative and impactful story. Mike Flanagan continues to impress me with his efforts in the horror genre and this is probably his best film yet.
Quite good mix of timeline and ilussions.
This movie is underrated, it's original, smart and scary!
Predictable, B-movie, was not horrible but still a waste of time, watch something else.
Good story, good acting. Really well done movie.
Well worth the watch
Very good horror with a very decent atmosphere. And with time, more and more interesting. Until the very finale, where the grandiose culmination of the whole horror film will come, which will not leave anyone cold. Definitely for those who like films about Paranorman, so I believe that this film will certainly not disappoint them, and I recommend everyone who likes this kind of horror to watch this film.
I mean this honestly, truly, and the most appropriate sense of the word: whoops. Just about nothing in this film worked for me, down to the foley done in post. I have a laundry list of reasons why this film really didn't gel with me, but I'll mostly let my rating speak for itself.
Aside from one thing I just need to say: horror has a tenuous relationship with mental illness. It's a historic tie and link going back a long, long time. But what Oculus does that feels so particularly stinky to me is a similar issue that I have with every project I've seen from Flanagan: it exploits that illness after deliberately attempting to be empathetic towards it. Example: in Doctor Sleep, Dan is a recovering alcoholic. The entire story, really, is an allegory for recovering from addiction. And in that film, there's a moment where a character goes to pour himself a drink to take the edge off...and it's played as a joke. In a movie that wants you to believe it's empathetic towards addiction.
The entirety of Oculus forces one of its main characters to relive his trauma, the trauma that got him sent to a mental institution for eleven years. He's only released after he's declared healthy by his doctor. And immediately he is meant to go back through the same treatment by force only for him to end up right where he started, this time likely without any chance of ever being released. It suggests to the viewer (and particularly to those struggling with mental illness) that no matter how much time, money, and effort you pour into getting healthy you will never be able to escape that illness. You will relapse. And let me be very, very clear: that is a terrible thing to tell people.
Just like a ghost, I did not see this one coming.
Experienced phantom director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) delivers a solid, tangible success with Oculus.
I really enjoyed the framing device of a contemporary investigation used to foreshadow past horrors. Both times lines were well handled and merged nicely in the final act. There was some real suspense and genuine scares so, unlike the specter in the first sentence of this review, you should see it.
Mais um daqueles filmes que o roteiro começa muito bem, mais deixa a desejar muito no final.
I expected a bit more from the reviews i've read nevertheless Great performance by the kids with a nice ending. It was scary on many parts
Refreshing twisted story with excellent performances.
No se puede negar un poco su originalidad, pero sobraron muchos estrangulamientos.
Interesante planteamiento y narrativa en dos tiempos, con momentos muy perturbadores; una pena que la fotografía sea más bien plana y lo topacio del final. aún así vale la pena.
Yesterday I say this one . Maybe the plot got me excited, maybe it was simply my infatuation for Karen Gillan (it can be XD) but I expected way more from it. It's not a bad movie, far from that, but it's neither a great movie. The story it could have been much more interesting if more infos about the mirror were given instead of a simple list of victims. Actors has been good enough (nothing to be excited about tho) and the rhythm sometimes irritated me : for long moments it was slow, but not "slow slow"... that kind of slowness that is just a tad away from being soporific but at the same time not that kind of slowness that you know it can lead to better and bloody moments. Nope, just plain and irritating "neither fish nor fowl". Honestly nothing gave me chills (a world of difference from, for example, The Conjuring) .Anyway you can give it a try
“A Netfux rental selection for the 31 Days Of Horror, figured we should give it a go. Fingers crossed.”
Good movie, not at all scary though. I wish they wouldn't have advertised it as a horror flick. :/
Not as scary as you might think. No where near horror
Better than expected.
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I easily get scared and The Conjuring, Insidious both chapters and many other good scary movies, scare the bejesus out of me. Oculus did not scare me for one second. This movie was bad and very poorly made. Somehow they did all wrong and nothing felt scary or atmospheric to me. Yes Katee Sackhoff scared me a little but she already scared me in Battlestar Galactica!
Same old horror story they need to change a lot,a family moving into a new home gets terrorised by ghost,been done a million times the horror films these days are just awful I used to love horror films the most now they are just poor
Sinceramente a piece of garbage.....
A largely effective horror film which relies on creepy atmospherics and visuals to scare rather than just loud jump moments and for that the film should be applauded. The narrative structure cleverly sets up two separate timelines as the film gradually reveals the history of the two central characters as well as their present. The nature of the plot, however is both a blessing and a curse - it allows the film makers to play very cleverly with the characters' and by extension the audience's sense of perception and reality within the context of the film, but more importantly the film never truly resolves the narrative confusion it creates, and it signals very early to the audience the ending and that every scene is a potential narrative cheat. This makes the actual present day story deeply unsatisfying, despite the strong performances and more interesting story about the characters' past.
Stupendo è dir poco. Da vedere una volta sola e stop......... E chi dorme più!
Great! A done to death scenario that is boring and not even slightly creepy. It would have been a lot more interesting if was played as psychological horror instead of kicking off the reality anchor and fusing in the family's past. The setup also kinda begs you to predict the ending early on (and they do like making money). I really do hate the current fad of making these rather unimpressive and cheaply be done "scary" movies mainstream horror.
Better than I thought it would be. F-reaking creepy s-tuff!
Meh... Expected more from a trailer that hyped me so much.
a modern horror masterpiece! =)