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Oculus (2013)

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

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Dr. Shawn Graham
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Marisol Chavez
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Warren
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The twenty-one year-old Timothy "Tim" Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has found through working at an auction house. She then steals the mirror and the reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from their childhood, going back to when his father Alan buys a mirror for the home office of their new family home. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Mystery

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

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11 April 2014 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$27,689,474 (USA) (20 June 2014)
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Trivia

To avoid confusion in writing two different timelines in the script, Mike Flanagan deliberately wrote the scenes in the past in italics. See more »

Goofs

In the moving scenes when the mirror is placed in the home office there is a Dell 2013 model flatscreen monitor on the desk. These events were supposed to take place in 2002. Flat screen monitors were a rarity and were much smaller in size. See more »

Quotes

Tim Russell: It was the mirror!
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 New Halloween Classics (2014) See more »

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Oculus (Remix)
Mixed by Paul Oakenfold
Additional Production and Engineered by Hank Kalleen
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Please see this film!
11 April 2014 | by (Durham, NC USA) – See all my reviews

This is a classic ghost story.

I won't spoil anything, but for a haunted mirror movie, I found it VERY effective.

There are only really 6 people in the film. The parents, and the children at 2 different ages. The film is not really linear, and it took me a while to get the flow of the constant changing from today and yesterday. Once I got it, I found it very clever.

What impressed me the most, however, is that there is hardly any blood, no nudity, no profanity, no sex, no gore and it scared the crap out of me!

No, it doesn't reinvent the genre (can you even really do that with the haunted mirror genre?), but it is a well crafted, well acted movie that really kept my interest all the way through.

The young girl was especially effective.

The film starts off slow and methodical and really hits its stride about the half way mark.

We need more films like this. Smart, clever "little" films - a few characters, a few props and lots of chills and thrills.

Please see this!

8/10


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