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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.

Director:

Mike Flanagan

Writers:

Mike Flanagan (screenplay by), Jeff Howard (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Gillan ... Kaylie Russell
Brenton Thwaites ... Tim Russell
Katee Sackhoff ... Marie Russell
Rory Cochrane ... Alan Russell
Annalise Basso ... Young Kaylie
Garrett Ryan ... Young Tim (as Garrett Ryan Ewald)
James Lafferty ... Michael Dumont
Miguel Sandoval ... Dr. Shawn Graham
Kate Siegel ... Marisol Chavez
Scott Graham Scott Graham ... Warren
Michael J. Fourticq Michael J. Fourticq ... St. Aidan Security Guard
Justin Gordon ... Mark (Supervisor)
Catherine Parker ... Phone Store Clerk (as Katie Parker)
Bob Gebert ... Neighbor
Brett Murray ... Officer 1 (as Brett Luciana Murray)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You see what it wants you to see.

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oculus See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,005,402, 13 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,695,246

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,327,693
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Had director Mike Flanagan agreed to film Oculus in the "found footage" genre (like Paranormal Activity (2007)), a number of studios would have backed it as early as 2006. However Flanagan refused. See more »

Goofs

When Kaylie is giving the history of the mirror, she says that it was thought to have been destroyed in Sherman's March to the Sea in 1865. Sherman's march occurred in 1864. See more »

Quotes

Kaylie Russell: [after uncovering the mirror] Hello again! You must be hungry.
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Connections

Referenced in Transluminescence (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Oculus (Remix)
Mixed by Paul Oakenfold
Additional Production and Engineered by Hank Kalleen
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User Reviews

 
An awesome film that kept my blood pressure up the whole time!
23 June 2014 | by phil-35-335627See all my reviews

Oculus is a nail biting thrill ride which artfully takes us on a complex journey of the two main characters and it charts how their lives have morosely ended up at this salient moment in time. We are frequently taken back to the past and brought back to the present with an ease that defines the characters and the film. There is little in the way of location and this adds to the desperation of the characters as they live out their lives constrained by an evil power. The whole cast are exceptional and their performance draws you deeper and deeper into the film, and has you mentally willing to help these poor souls in anyway you can. The direction and script are outstanding and intelligent without being all smart ass! An excellent movie and a must for movie fans who enjoy losing themselves in film.


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