Written by Steve Pattee
Published on Friday, 24 January 2014 17:35
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I've been a fan of Mike Flanagan's work since I first saw the short Oculus - Chapter 3: "The Man With the Plan" way back in 2009. He managed to scare me more in 30 minutes than most full-length movies do. After Oculus came Absentia, a horror film that was effectively creepy without showing a monster. It's a great director that can terrify you with your own mind.
Between the two, I enjoyed Oculus just a bit more, and I always wanted to see the other chapters of this great short. Now, five years later, I finally get my chance (providing I don't die between now and April) because the full-length feature Oculus is finally hitting the big screen.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents' deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim's innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again...
I'm curious how the film and the short are related to one another since the main character in the latter is named Tim as well.
Either way, I'm highly looking forward to Oculus.
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