Oculus [2014] ★★

2b7d0bf69b2b09d7e80f3a3f357bd249Here’s a hit and miss horror film that doesn’t live up to its potential. Why? Because director Mike Flanagan wastes a solid premise with repetitive cliché. Damn shame, I really wanted to like this one. The setup is achingly familiar: when brother/sister Tim (Brendon Thwaites) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan) Russell were kids, their father murdered their mother following a supernatural phenomenon involving an antique mirror. Now years later, Kaylie is obsessed with clearing her family name and getting revenge on the evil spirits that tore her family apart. That’s all I can say without drifting into spoiler territory; I haven’t revealed more than you can glean from the trailer. And I haven’t begun to hint at where this movie goes; let’s just say that it becomes painfully predictable after the hour mark. The question is how much fun you’ll derive along the way. Fans of the genre will enjoy the film’s many chilling moments. But if you like your horror films to be genuinely scary, you may be disappointed. I was intrigued by the solid premise, and it’s a clever attempt for sure. Unfortunately, it’s only partially successful.

Rating: 2/4

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  1. first when i saw some of the photos, i thought to my self, please not another exorcism movie, at the beginning of the movie it was a bit nice to see maybe a new story, but after the few minutes of the mirror, i said, well this might end in a boring way, which what turned out at the end. so yes, as you said, i’m disappointed and waiting to see the next horror film in cinemas

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