:: Oculus :: 2013 ::
:: Mike Flanagan ::

Acting: 5
Anxiety: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 3
Production: 6
Recommended: 5
Scares: 6
Story: 4
Unpredictable: 7

Total: 56

I wanted to like this movie, I really did. I like Dr.-Who-era Karen Gillan, and I like haunted house movies. I really like haunted object movies. But this felt too much like a product of its time, perhaps one of the pros of lazily reviewing movies as I see them instead of when they came out.  2013. Riding the high of the death of the Saw franchise. The Conjuring had just shown us how scary a house could be. And so here trundles in Ocululs, giving us the worst of both worlds. While this movie is actually very scary, and features some good mind-bending trails to follow, it falls flat on its face a few times. It’s too disgusting, and, devoid of any real context or backstory, ends with a sigh. I’m all for lack of exposition in horror movies - I don’t really need to know why the monster is there, but I love that it is. But something about this movie WANTED to tell me why it was doing what it was doing. Why was the mirror haunted by all who it killed? Why was only one of those spirits so prevalent during the movie? I understand the concept of ghosts and why they haunt. Throw me a bone, here, Oculus. What’s going on?