Now Playing

In 23 theaters near Ashburn VA US Change location

Up 40 this week

Oculus (I) (2013)

 -  Horror  -  11 April 2014 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 4,046 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 52 user | 40 critic | 28 from

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.



(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 22 Oct 2011
a list of 47 titles
created 7 months ago
a list of 38 titles
created 2 months ago
a list of 36 titles
created 1 month ago
a list of 22 titles
created 1 week ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Oculus (2013)

Oculus (2013) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Oculus.
1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith
Evil Dead (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.

Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
The Collection II (2012)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as "The Collector" is blackmailed to rescue an innocent girl from the killer's booby-trapped warehouse.

Director: Marcus Dunstan
Stars: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When a teenager and her mother move to a little town, the girl finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. But things get complicated when she befriends a boy who is the only survivor in the accident.

Director: Mark Tonderai
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn't long before Jessie finds he's been marked for ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Landon
Stars: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh
Maniac (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Director: The Vicious Brothers
Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko
Silent House (2011)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.

Directors: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens
Halloween (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.

Director: Rob Zombie
Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

Director: Sean Byrne
Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine
Absentia (2011)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.

Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine


Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Russell
Dr. Shawn Graham
Marisol Chavez
Scott Graham ...
Michael J. Fourticq ...
St. Aidan Security Guard
Phone Store Clerk
Mark (Supervisor)
Officer 1


A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

murder | new house | lightbulb | promise | gun | See more »


You see what it wants you to see.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror, violence, some disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oculus  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,005,402 (USA) (11 April 2014)


$14,969,040 (USA) (16 April 2014)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


If everything is affected in the house (people, plants, animals) why were the fish in the fish tank still alive? See more »


Remake of Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man with the Plan (2006) See more »


Oculus (Remix)
Mixed by Paul Oakenfold
Additional Production and Engineered by Hank Kalleen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Please name me one mirror movie that doesn't leave you perplexed
14 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

**1/2 out of ****

Upon reading the reviews, a lot of them entailed that while "Oculus" is told in a non-linear fashion, that it makes sense in the end, and that everything is wrapped up in a nice little package. I think we saw a different movie.

"Oculus" revolves around brother and sister trying to figure out if the mirror is responsible for a tragic death that occurred, which landed brother into the loony bin.

Now what I liked about "Oculus" is what a lot of critics did as well: Mixing the past with the present, sometimes with events that are a figment of one of the character's imaginations, or seen from a character's different perspective. This leaves what could have been a typical "something went bump in the night!" story, behind. But why this doesn't work: It feels like there's no plot. Rather than having your exposition, your rising action, climax, etc., it's like there's no climax, there's no "ah! that's why this makes sense" moment. It's like watching fragments of a movie, with no complete picture.

One thing I must say is that the acting wasn't all-around spectacular like many lead me to believe. The sister was at times a bit much, and her "theories" got to get a little out of hand. It reminded me of those overt-religious movies that get too preachy. But other than a few times she got out of hand, she was solid. The brother was serviceable but nothing amazing. The father was a really good actor, but the mother was a little wooden. The little kid actors though stole the show. I might even start to believe the child actors were better than the grown-ups!

Now what's shocking about "Oculus" is how light it is on scares, and surprisingly, how much it relied on jump scares and cheap thrills. While every reviewer out there will try to hinder this fact, I'm going to tell you while the way it's presented is a little different, it's essentially the same scare-vehicle. You have people coming in and out of scenes, the whole "gotcha!" moments, etc. It was like "Insidious". But I have to hand it to the filmmakers, there was a few times I was watching "Oculus" where I was flabbergasted.

What a few reviewers picked up on was how pitch-perfect the editing was, and I agree. Studying editing myself, and cutting together some amateur videos, there was not one shot I would change, editing-wise. Everything ran at the length it should have, I liked transitions, etc. But as far as direction goes, the beginning and end leave a lot to be desired. I didn't have as much as an issue with the beginning as most people had, but some of the stuff just did not work. The dialog got to be cheesy, character motifs were pretty questionable, it felt at times like a rough draft. And that ending? I might not have taken a Psychology course, but even I don't think everything fit like a perfect package.

What stays the same in all these mirror movies are the complex structures, and I don't know why. "Mirrors" which came out maybe half a decade ago was completely nonsensical and rather dry. "Oculus" was more interesting you could argue, but still kind of perplexing and nonsensical in its structure.

I think the biggest problem with "Oculus" is not that it wasn't what I expected, in a matter of fact, that's what might get a lot of non-horror fans and general moviegoers to see this one. It's the fact that it is way too silly to take seriously at times. We already had to suspend our belief with the mirror already, but there's some instances that took me out of the film.

While it sounds like I found this movie highly problematic, I will say that it didn't disappoint me to the point where I regret seeing it. Not exactly praise, or a reason to get you to see this movie, but it's definitely different. I just wouldn't go in expecting something among the greats such as "The Conjuring". If you expect more like this year's "Insidious" or maybe even "Sinister", you'll walk away a little more fulfilled.

I'm going to give "Oculus" a mild recommendation and advise a matinée.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One of the worst films I have ever seen! Don't waste your money! ragsmaster69
I wanted to like it, but this was just boring. halcyonsummer
can the mirror be destroyed while covered? avalonlenghas
People are so wrong about this movie (saw at SXSW last month) mackistner
so damn confusing hasim93
Marisol jesuiskayy
Discuss Oculus (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: