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.