A to Z Challenge: O for Oculus

April 17, 2018 Blog, Demons, Ghosts, Horror 4

A to Z Challenge: O for OculusOculus by Mike Flanagan
on 11 April 2014 (USA)
Genres: Horror
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A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Directed by Mike Flanagan
Writing Credits (WGA) Mike Flanagan ... (screenplay)
Jeff Howard ... (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification
Karen Gillan ... Kaylie Russell
Brenton Thwaites ... Tim Russell
Katee Sackhoff ... Marie Russell
Rory Cochrane ... Alan Russell
Annalise Basso ... Young Kaylie
Garrett Ryan ... Young Tim (as Garrett Ryan Ewald)

Reading Challenges: A to Z




Horror for Oculus is it Ghosts or Demons? Or… something that has shiny eyes. (cause shinys are scary apparently)

Happy that Karen Gillan was in this! There’s quite a few popular actors, which helps me dive right into the feel of the film.

But, even the great actors didn’t totally help this one. I didn’t dislike this but I don’t want to go as far as saying that I actually liked it. I think I’m somewhere in the middle with this one.

Firstly, the movie IS interesting. There are some twists and turns and although this is horror it almost seems more psychologically thrilling than horrific. Which of course, I love both, so there’s no downside there! There were moments when I question what is really going on and I think that is exactly what the director wanted, for the audience to NOT be aware of the underlying answers (of which I don’t think any were ever really given).

The movie goes back and forth and while they are dealing with this evil mirror woman thingy they are also dealing with the psychological issues that this childhood horror has created in their minds. Kaylie does explain what has happened to anyone that has had possession of the mirror but that is all the explanation we get. And although that particular part seemed a bit long it didn’t detract but added to the story very well. I just wish there were more answers about the mirror itself.

What I didn’t like was the premise. I get that the gal really wanted to prove that the mirror held some evil bitch inside of it. Ok. And that evil bitch basically winds up driving her parents crazy and they die. Ok… I understand that also. What I do NOT get is that she gets the mirror and then takes it to THE HOUSE where her parents died and then gets her brother WHO JUST got out of the asylum. Yes, a mental institution. The day he is out she decides that they are going to go after the mirror and prove that the mirror is what drove everyone crazy.

She has absolutely no regard to how her brother feels or how freaked out he is. He has been able to explain away all the crap that was happening when they were kids and now she’s spoon feeding all of the craziness back to him. If that’s love I don’t want any, thank you VERY much.

So, obviously she annoyed me nearly the entire film. When something happened to her, like the previews show her chewing into a light bulb, I laughed. I mean really, she deserved it. I just could not like her character, sadly.

I guess I’m thinking this is a demon because it’s eating everyone’s souls but really I came away very unsure but kind of pleased with it. The music was the creepiest part really but it wasn’t BAD and there are some really bad horrors out there. So, this left me thinking about it and curious as to if there will be a second because it was left totally open at the end.

More psychological than horror but as I said above, wound up being pretty interesting. I went away and have been thinking about this quite a bit, so obviously it stuck with it. I just want more answer dang it! I guess with a lot of horror films, we don’t always get the answers we want.

Here’s a fabulous short interview with Karen Gillan. I just love her! Enjoy!

Why are shiny eyes scary? Do you think objects like the eyes are just a simple way the director can show that something is off with the person/object/thingy?

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4 Responses to “A to Z Challenge: O for Oculus”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I think shiny eyes are scary because traditionally, eyes are the windows to the soul so if they are shiny, it stands to reason that person/think is soulless. This movie was entertaining at least. And it had somewhat of a budget. That’s always a plus with horror novels. I have always been surprised there hasn’t been a sequel.

    • Christina

      I was expecting a sequel too! I would have watched it, that’s for sure. You’re right, it’s like why so many cultures are freaked out by photographs!

  2. chucklesthescot

    I tend to avoid the sort of ghost story, apparition, haunted house and psychological thriller side of the horror genre as these can be very slow.

    • Christina

      Yes they can be! But, I’ve leaned more and more to them lately. Especially psychological thrillers. That seems like my go to lately.

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