13 items from 2014
Oculus is one of the many films that wowed everyone at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, and a little later this year the rest of us will be able to take a look at what all the fuss is about. Doctor Who star Karen Gillan leads in this horror from co-writer and director Mike Flanagan (Absentia), as a woman who tries to get her brother off the hook for murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Here’s the full synopsis.
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, is convinced her parents’ deaths »
- Paul Heath
After hearing some great things from its premiere at Tiff last year and seeing Mike Flanagan’s previous low-budget, Kickstarter funded film Absentia, Oculus is highly anticipated on my list of films to see in 2014. Luckily, only a month is all we have to wait for this one. Check out the new trailer & poster below!
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, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force—unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Back in January the first trailer for Oculus, Mike Flanagan’s followup to Absentia, hit and it left quite an impression. With it’s premiere at SXSW this weekend a new trailer has debuted, fleshing out a bit more story and chilling scares. The glowing eyes in the dark, biting into a light bulb; we’re certainly looking forward to this one when it goes wide in theaters April 11th.
Watch the trailer below!
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, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, »
- Justin Edwards
The 2nd annual CineMayhem Film Fest revealed its all-retro line-up for this year’s festival that features a special screening of The Fog (1980) with legendary Master of Horror John Carpenter in attendance for an intimate Q&A with fans. You read that correctly. John. Friggin’. Carpenter! CineMayhem will also pay homage to several other classic indie horror films with a rare screening of the horror comedy Vamp (1986) and a night celebrating Hellraiser (1987) and the artwork of genre visionary, Clive Barker.
Several pieces of Barker’s art will be on display during CineMayhem and each night will include screenings of several great short horror films before each classic film as well including Found, the latest short from Rebekah McKendry, filmmaker and Director of Marketing for Fangoria Entertainment, starring Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil’S Carnival), Aj Bowen (You’Re Next, The Sacrament), and Morgan Peter Brown (Absentia).
This year, »
- BJ Colangelo
We've already seen one teaser trailer for the creepy indie horror flick Oculus, but now we get a much better idea of the story with the full theatrical trailer. Tim (Brenton Thwaites) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan) had their lives changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents at a young age. Ten year later, Tim is released from protective custody and ready to move on with his life but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents' deaths were caused by a malevolent supernatural force from the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror from their childhood home. And she's unfortunately right. Watch below! Here's the theatrical trailer for Mike Flanagan's Oculus, originally from Apple: Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan, (Makebelieve, Still Life and Absentia) and written by Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard, based on the short film of the same name. Years after »
- Ethan Anderton
Relativity Media has released a new trailer for director Mike Flanagan’s (Absentia) new horror film Oculus. The pic stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Brenton Thwaites as siblings who set out to prove that an ominous mirror is responsible for the death of their parents 10 years prior, as well as the deaths of countless others over the centuries. The film looks to have a fascinating structure, as the lines between the past and the present are blurred and twisted until they become a part of the overall horror conceit. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane. Oculus opens in theaters on April 11th. [Update: We've also added a new poster and images to the article.] Here’s the official synopsis for Oculus: 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. »
- Adam Chitwood
SXSW 2014 has just revealed the remainder of their feature film lineup in what is arguably the most anticipated section of the festival, the Midnighters. The ten feature films include a whopping eight world premieres along with one U.S. premiere and a Sundance 2014 alum. The only repeats here are Adam Wingard‘s The Guest and Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, both of which are follow-ups to the filmmakers’ highly regarded previous films, You’re Next and Absentia, respectively. It’s in the world premieres though where things get even better. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury are back with their third feature, Among the Living, and as anyone who’s seen Inside or the first half of Livid knows this is fantastic news. Daniel Stamm (A Necessary Death, The Last Exorcism) returns with 13 Sins, Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) is back with the chiller, Home, Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) delivers the outdoor nightmare, Exists »
- Rob Hunter
We had a chance to sit down with director Mike Flanagan to discuss his new flick, Oculus (review), so we jumped at it. Read on for the scoop on the film, where it's going from here, and of course... what kind of terrors await you.
For those that don't know, Oculus was originally released as a short film many years ago so we asked Mike why he had decided to revisit the film and flesh it out further.
"We did Oculus the short back in 2005. I always hoped that it would turn into an anthology series. I wanted to do more shorts, but unfortunately I was never able to scrape together the resources to do so. However, once it went out and hit the festivals for a while, there was an immediate interest in a feature length expansion. The movie is home to mirrors and cameras inside of a room, »
- Uncle Creepy
Director Mike Flanagan is back with his sophomore feature Oculus, about a woman who tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon. Flanagan, who showed tremendous promise with his directorial debut, Absentia, is one of the most exciting new voices working in the horror genre. Our own Simon Howell reviewed Oculus when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, writing, “Oculus revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts.” He went on to say, “It’s really in Oculus’s final half-hour that Flanagan distinguishes himself as a horror filmmaker poised for greatness. As past and present become increasingly difficult to distinguish, and the threat becomes more invasive, making it impossible for Tim and Kaylie to trust even their most basic senses, the sensation of pure viewer disorientation takes hold. That’s what »
With his last movie, the surprisingly enjoyable and eerie Absentia, director Mike Flanagan utilized a wicked tunnel to draw out the scares. With his upcoming frightfest Oculus, he.s turning mirrors into the freakiest objects in the house. My mirrors are at their most frightening whenever I look into them after waking up, so I think I know where Flanagan is coming from here. We now have our very first trailer for the film (via Yahoo! Movies), which admittedly doesn.t do a very good job of laying out what the story is, but there are enough spooky teasers to get me excited all over again. From the mirror that seems to be uncovering itself to the ominous nursery rhyme in the voiceover, this is obviously a movie that is taking some cues from horrors past. Knowing that it.s from the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise and Insidious »
Best known for starring alongside Matt Smith in Doctor Who, Karen Gillan is on the cusp of becoming more of a household name in the years to come, and a brilliant year lies ahead of her. Guardians of the Galaxy is of course sure to be a huge highlight, but before then, we can look forward to seeing her lead the upcoming horror movie, Oculus.
Produced under banners Intrepid Pictures (The Hitcher) and Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity), the first trailer and poster have debuted over on Yahoo Movies, giving a nice little tease of what’s in store for us this spring.
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, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Originally screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Oculus is now set for a U.S. release of April 11th from Relativity Media. Starring Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as siblings who were left orphaned when their parents were murdered. The sister has maintained the idea into her adulthood that the culprit of the killings was a 300-year-old haunted mirror, and is set on proving it to her brother.
Since its premiere at Tiff, Oculus has received rave reviews and solidified status as one of the most anticipated horror films of the year, and I am definitely aboard the anticipation train. It sounded super creepy when I first heard about it, and the teaser has some cool imagery and a dark fairytale vibe, »
- Marie Robinson
Directed by Gil Kenan
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Release Date: November 14th
Production recently wrapped on the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director’s chair and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) producing. Little is known as they continue to put the movie together in post-production, but we do have a few details, beginning with the cast which includes Sam Rockwell (Moon), Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. We are also told that the psychic Angina (played originally by Zelda Rubinstein), isn’t going to be revived for the remake. Instead, they are replacing her character with a team of paranormal experts. Based on a vague plot summary, it sounds like the central plot points of the original movie are intact but other characters are added in, such as Carrigan Burke, a host of a TV show called Haunted House Cleaners, who stands in as the movie’s skeptic. »
13 items from 2014
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