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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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Kaylie (Karen Gillan) is showing her brother photos of previous victims of the Lasser Glass, one of the final victim photos is actually a photo of writer/director Mike Flanagan's wife, actress Katie Siegel. 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: I found it!
Tim Russell: What do you mean?
Kaylie Russell: We only have few days.
Tim Russell: A few days for what?
Kaylie Russell: To keep our promise. And kill it.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: Jingle All the Way 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
Please see this film!
11 April 2014 | by fritzlangSee 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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