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‘OCULUS’ Movie Review with Exclusive Interview


Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, Garret Ryan

Director: Mike Flanagan

Official Film Synopsis: “Ten years ago Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) shot his father (Rory Cochrane) after he witnessed him killing his mother (Katee Sackhoff). He’s sent to a mental hospital because of the shooting but also because he believed that his parents’ deaths were due to an evil supernatural entity that possessed an antique mirror in their home. This leaves his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) to face life alone until, years later, Tim is finally released. All he wants to do is move on from that fateful night, but in his absence Kaylie has become convinced that the mirror is indeed possessed, as she has discovered that the mirror’s previous owners throughout the centuries have had similarly bloody pasts. Kaylie is determined to prove that the mirror is responsible for the murders as opposed to Tim or her father.”

Review: Mike Flanagan delivered a very satisfying horror movie that uses an old fashion method for implying the scary factor to a movie, and I have to say it was very cleverly and smartly done. The movie is centered around an antique mirror known as the Lasser Glass that was used as a metaphor for our darkest fears. In the trailer it shows a creepy looking woman that lives within the mirror but you would be wrong to assume that this movie has a straight forward plot, like any viewer can expect from any horror movie. One of the main things I liked about what Flanagan did with this movie because is that it successfully manages keeps you at the edge of your seat guessing what the “villain” is in the movie and with that it ultimately plays with the power of imagination of the viewers. By mastering this technique Flanagan managed to keep the plot of the movie very unpredictable and as a viewer I was never really able to see all the surprises in the movie coming. Another thing that added on to the scary factor to the film is the minimal use of background music and original score in the film. Personally adding more silent parts to a scary movie rather then over the top sounding score, is much better then thundering unexpected sounds and with that Flanagan added an extra level of creepiness and shock to the film that was totally unexpected to me. The direction along with the well filmed scenes, capture the true fright and desperation that the actors successfully brought while playing the characters, which I think it was really well done and executed.

All in all it was a very good movie, it definitely was a different breed scary movie that I did not expect at all and different then anything horror genre related film I have seen in the past few years. Flanagan tells the story in a twisted and perception-distorting sort of way that messes with the viewers heads as much as it did with main characters reality. This is a must see for any horror movie fans out there. I give it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Yes, it really was that good.

Down below I included the audio of an interview I had the pleasure of doing with the director Mike Flanagan himself along with Executive producer Jason Blum and producer Trevor Macy. Hope you enjoy it and i apologize in advance for the background noise, the interview took place in an outdoors restaurant.