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Sunday, 19 October 2014


   The film takes place in two different times: the present and 11 years earlier. The two plotlines are told in parallel through flashbacks.
   In 2002, software engineer Alan Russell moves into a new house with his wife Marie, 10-year-old son Tim, and 12-year-old daughter Kaylie. Alan purchases an antique mirror to decorate his office. Unbeknownst to them the mirror is supernatural and malevolent and induces hallucinations in both adults; Marie is haunted by visions of her own body decaying, while Alan is seduced by a ghostly woman named Marisol, who has mirrors in place of eyes.
   Over time, the parents become psychotic, with Alan increasingly isolating himself in his office and Marie becoming withdrawn and paranoid. During the same period, all of the plants in the house die and the family dog disappears after being locked in the office with the mirror. After Kaylie witnesses Alan interacting with Marisol and tells her mother, Marie goes insane and attempts to kill her children. Alan overpowers her and chains her to their bedroom wall.
   Alan remains isolated in his office for an indeterminate period of time; when the family runs out of food, the children attempt to seek help from their neighbors, who disbelieve their stories. Attempting to contact doctors or the authorities, Kaylie discovers that all of her phone calls are answered by the same man, who admonishes her to speak with her father.
   One night, Alan unchains Marie, and both parents attack the children. Marie briefly comes to her senses, only to be shot dead by Alan. Alan corners the children in his office, but also experiences a moment of lucidity, during which he forces Tim to shoot him to death. The police arrive and take Tim into custody. Before the siblings are separated, they promise to reunite as adults and destroy the mirror. As Tim is taken away in the back of a squad car he sees the ghosts of his parents watching him from the house.

My Thoughts
   Like many horror trailers of there, the one for Oculus made me anticipate its release. Luckily, I got to watch Oculus this past weekend; which was a long enough wait.
   I am going to try my hardest to not spoil Oculus what so ever because I really did enjoy it. It may not have been the scariest movie but being a psychological horror Oculus did freak me out; especially when I saw how the evil spirits psychologically affected the main characters (Kaylie Russell and Tim Russell) throughout this movie. It was truly fascinating to watch.
   I have to warn you about Oculus though. Pay close attention to this movie, because of the sequences changing constantly from past to present it can get very confusing. Even missing a minute and you could miss out on a crucial part of the movie.
   The majority of Oculus may have been good but there were some things that I did not like. Firstly, Oculus took a while before it got to the climax and everything before that, were either the main characters arguing or setting up their camera and timers. Secondly and lastly, I felt as though throughout this movie Kaylie Russell, the sister and one of the main characters seemed to be very bossy.
Don’t let the demons bite or do, YOU FREAKS!!!

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