Horror Mondays! Movie Review: Oculus

September 8, 2014 Blog, Demons, Ghosts, Horror 0

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today: Ghosts or Demons? Or… something that has shiny eyes. (cause shineys are scary apparently)

Oculus Oculus Movie
by Mike Flanagan
on 11 April 2014 (USA)

The twenty-one year-old Timothy “Tim” Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has just bought in an auction. The reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from his childhood, when his mother Marie buys a mirror for the home office of his father Alan. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

My Thoughts HorrorSo… 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. 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.

Horror Meter: 3/5

Gore: 2/5

Shock Factor: 2/5

Emotions: 4/5

Total Scare: 3.5/5





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