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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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Mike Flanagan

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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 »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the pictures in the house show either reflections or water. For example in the upstairs hall there is a black and white photo of a lake reflecting some trees. Another picture shows two identical white boats. See more »

Goofs

When Kaylie starts recording her video, she says the time is 4:15PM. Two minutes later when Michael calls her, she says "Could you try and call on the hour? It's about seven past." See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Draft Day/Oculus (2014) See more »

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Oculus (Remix)
Mixed by Paul Oakenfold
Additional Production and Engineered by Hank Kalleen
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A nasty 9/10 for oculus!
18 April 2014 | by MitchellCombdenSee all my reviews

No folks, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon here. This film really is that good.

The beauty of the film is it's way of telling the story. The way the film jumps from past to present is just so well done. It not only tells the story in an interesting way, it also compliments the main theme of the film. Not knowing what's reality or fantasy. While I applaud the movie for this it also affects the movie in a negative way. At some points the story is getting so intense and interesting and then BLAM! Back to the past. Relieving all tension that was built up in the previous scene. But then again it leaves you in suspense, waiting for it to return to the present to see how things are going to go down. All in all it's just a very unique and tension building way to tell this interesting story.

The acting in the film is top notch in my opinion. The entire cast gives strong performances, and you actually care about the well being of these characters. The only character I didn't care to much for was Kaylee's fiancée. But I felt that particular character wasn't a main focus point for the story so it didn't affect the film in the slightest.

The film also has some very creepy and dark imagery that really sends chills down your spine. The ghostly images projected by the mirror are indeed scary and do give you an uneasy feeling for sure. There are a few jump scares that actually did catch me off guard and are well done. Before each jump scare there is a buildup of tension so that when the scare hits you, it actually hits you. The lighting is great and so is the sound and musical score. The movie isn't heavy on gore or special FX but that's not a big issue at all. The story doesn't call for buckets of blood anyways.

There really isn't much I can say that was bad about this movie because it really is a horror gem. A real slow burner that messes with your mind and sucks you into its cool storyline of the supernatural. I'd give it an outstanding score of 9/10, if you're a horror fan check this one out!


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