Oculus Movie 2014

Creepy children and poetry. Few things are more terrifying, and the Oculus teaser trailer makes full use of them, although the end result isn’t exactly scary. More off-putting. A mild irritation.

The movie from Mike Flanagan is a feature-length extension of his short of the same name. Both deal with a mystery mirror, but the new film seems to have dropped the clinical POV style for something that more resembles the Big Scary House of Insidious. That they share a producer won’t be a surprise.

So, same mirror, different story. In this one, Karen Gillan stars as a woman trying to get her brother off the hook for a crime by proving to the authorities that a demon mirror did it. A lot of potential here (particularly because critics at Sundance praised its originality and clever hooks), but it may not be revealed until we get a full trailer.

Oculus is in theaters April 11th.


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