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Oculus Review

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When I was a kid, I remember watching a made for t.v., kid friendly horror short about a young boy terrorised by the sentient reflection in his bedroom mirror. I can't remember the name of it, but the story,  has been burned into my brain as one of the creepiest things I have ever seen, and it was my first brush with the haunted mirror plot device. It has been used by many a horror movie down the years, and here it is again, taking centre stage in Oculus, where it tries to do new things with the well worn trope, with varying degrees of success. Based on director Mike Flanagan's own short, Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man With The Plan, Oculus sees Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites play Kaylie and Tim Russell, siblings whose parents were killed tragically eleven years previously. While Tim has come to believe,
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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (April 7-11, 2014)

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (April 7-11, 2014)
Rio 2

(20th Century Fox)

A rather misleading title is just one reason to be slightly suspicious of “Rio 2” an eye-popping, ear-tickling animated sequel that labors to fold a cheeky family sitcom, an earnest environmental primer, an exotic jungle tour, a broad survey of popular music and an avian remake of “Meet the Parents” into one bright and noisy package. Mining an unwieldy number of domestic and ecological dramas from the continuing saga of a rare Brazilian blue macaw, here venturing with his new family into the perilous Amazon rainforest, this hyperactive toon extravaganza has color, flair and energy to burn. But it’s the sort of relentless juggling act that finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between.

— Justin
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'Oculus' (2014) Movie Review

The first thing you need to know about Oculus is it's a movie about a haunted mirror. You're going to need to accept that fact before you even buy a ticket or you may as well just stay home. If you're anything like me, you're also going to be saying to yourself, "It's a movie about a haunted mirror, how good can it really bec" It's a matter of lowering expectations to just that right level where this film ultimately never really ends up being all that scary, but still manages to hold our interest despite being just a tick too long. Directed by Mike Flanagan who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Howard, the duo has given their 2006 short film, Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man with the Plan, the feature treatment. The story centers on two siblings, Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites), who, as children, saw their parents descend into madness,
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'Oculus' Now

As you read this I am in a theater watching Oculus, the new horror film hitting theaters this weekend from director Mike Flanagan and starring Katee Sackhoff, Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites. The film, as far as I can tell, is about a killer mirror and looking at Flanagan's credits on IMDb, it appears it comes from his short film that premiered eight years ago titled Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man with the Plan. Oculus premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and I was hearing mixed things and allowed myself to be talked into seeing Afflicted instead. Here's to hoping this one is better than that one was. yt id="3R_uM-lH-Fc" width="500" Oculus is a spine-chilling supernatural tale of two damaged siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their parents' harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and sister
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Sundance: WWE Studios Takes Stake In Toronto Genre Pic ‘Oculus’

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Sundance: WWE Studios Takes Stake In Toronto Genre Pic ‘Oculus’
WWE Studios has teamed with Relativity and Blumhouse Productions on the Mike Flanagan-directed Intrepid Pictures horror film Oculus, which was acquired at Toronto last fall. The film stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. WWE Studios will lend its hand in promoting the film which was produced by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans, who co-financed with Mica Entertainment. Pic will be released theatrically on April 11. The screenplay is by Flanagan & Jeff Howard based on the short film Oculus: The Man With The Plan, written by Flanagan & Jeff Seidman. Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Oculus’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Oculus’
Five years before “Absentia,” a haunting and character-rich horror tale, Mike Flanagan directed 2006′s “Oculus: The Man With the Plan,” a half-hour fright film that won raves from genre fans on the fest circuit. His new feature expands it into an impressively intricate supernatural thriller in which an orphaned brother and sister return to destroy the antique mirror they think killed their parents years earlier. Cleverly complex, if not quite as scary or memorable as one might have hoped, “Oculus” should expand on the underseen “Absentia’s” buzz (though probably still mostly through home formats) and boost Flanagan another step up the industry ladder.

In 2002 the Russell clan moved into a nice new suburban house, buying some upscale decor items to celebrate. Among them was a roughly 300-year-old wall mirror hung in the home office of dad Alan (Rory Cochrane). Soon he was spending an inordinate amount of time locked in there,
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Peripheral Vision: Reflecting on 'Dead Snow' and 'Oculus'

My last two columns in this series profiled the environmental docu-drama The Green Chain and Velcrow Ripper's personalised exploration of activism and spirituality, Fierce Light. Both of these films dealt with serious topics so this time around I thought I should lighten up. Don't get the idea that I'm going to be talking about the indie equivalent of Anne of Green Gables or Disney's Fantasia, though. Neither of the films profiled here are family-friendly and one is definitely not for viewers with weak stomachs.

Dead Snow

Getting attacked by regular zombies has got to be bad enough, but getting attacked by evil Nazi zombies when you are in a secluded hut in the Norwegian mountains has really gotta suck! That mountain shack scenario is the premise of Dead Snow (Død Snø), a Norwegian made zombie movie that was an Official Selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

According to director Tommy Wirkola,
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