Oculus movie poster

For those who prefer battery acid to Visine comes a blindsiding horror bore. What should one expect from a film whose poster screams, “From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious"? There’s an element of suspense in the form of fragmented sentences (“You haven’t been here since…,” "We should try and sell the house after what…”), there's the unavoidable bank of surveillance cameras for characters to tell their backstories to, and there's at least one woman - her face partially obscured by filthy dark, stringy hair - lunging at the audience a dozen times. What you won’t find in this tale of a killer mirror is anything even remotely scary or original. Directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Rory Cochrane (looking more dazed and confused than ever) and a cast of relative unknowns. 2014.

Scott Marks

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