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#MovieMonday : Oculus (2013) – Fresh and Talented Cast, but a very Middle Of The Road – Storyline

oculus_ver2_xlg-oculus-movie-review-no-spoilersCategory: Horror/Fantasy
Actors: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan
Duration: 104 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie is you enjoyed:
The Shining (1980), The Amityville Horror (2005), Mirrors (2008)

Long Story Short:
When 21-year old Tim gets released from a mental institution – thirteen years after he was convicted for committing a murder – his sister awaits him, eager to kill what in her opinion was responsible for everything: A mirror.

I have only seen the 1- minute teaser of Oculus and refused to see the full length trailer since I think trailers are still giving too much away these days. As it turned out, I was right. The teaser was full of suspense and I didn’t really catch on the whole storyline, so I was quite intrigued when watching the movie this weekend.

It started off a little slow and the plot felt forced, but once the two main characters entered the house where everything began, the suspense and shock effects started to boil over. Then towards the conclusion it started to get weaker until the very short ending that came way too soon in my opinion. The comments I heard when the end credits rolled in were usually “What the F***?!”, and a lot of people behind me said, “What?! Wait. That’s it?!” or “This can’t be it!”. I went for “You gotta be f***ing kidding me!!”
It left the audience with too many questions, which would be okay if the essential question of why the mirror was there in the first place could have been answered, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. It felt like a copout and not creative: kind of like the Paranormal Activity movies, but that’s not a surprise since it was from the same producer.

The Cast was very convincing and especially young Kaylie (Annalise Basso) was doing a terrific job.

Even though it had some major flaws in the beginning and especially the end, I would probably watch it again for the good actors and the nice plot and suspense development in the middle. However, if I want to see a supernatural thriller that has everything including a great ending, I would rather go with movies like The Skeleton Key or Fallen.

My Rating: 6 /10


  1. A fun horror movie. Maybe more fun than actually scary, but hey, I can’t complain too much when I’m being entertained. Good review.

  2. I’ve read such mixed reviews of this. Still not sure if I’ll see it. I’m not much of a horror fan.

    • It does not rely on gore, it is more of a supernatural thriller with decent jump moments. My sister is not much of a horror fan either and she closed her eyes in two scenes, LoL… but overall she liked it… well… besides the ending. But I paid for the show so she was fine hahahaha

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