Oculus: Film Review

The thing about most horror films is that there is always that one victim, that one thing that causes people to believe that there is possibly something that is not right about the surroundings. One such story is that of brother-sister duo, Kaylie Russell (Karen Gillian) and Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites), who return to their family home to relive the horror that their family had gone through a decade ago which left them orphaned. Tim Russell was convicted of murder and was kept in isolation while being given psychiatric help. And on the other hand, Kaylie attempts to look for evidence that could disprove that her brother had committed a heinous crime.

It may warm your heart to see the estranged siblings meet after many years, but the feeling is soon diluted and what you get is an inexplicable amount of boredom. You know what is going to happen, and save for a few jolts, there is nothing scary that the film offers. All the dead people who surface were victims of a supernatural force who resides inside a Lasser glass, originally brought into the family as an antique piece, one that leads to the brutal death of anyone and everyone who has owned the glass through the centuries.

As the film’s tagline goes, the mirror makes you see what it wants you to see, which would be a rather scary affair, but the transition of the siblings’ time spent in the house as teenagers and present-day young adults, is a rather sorry state of affairs. The point of contention is that the film could’ve been a better scare affair considering that the makers have tried hard to give it a vintage twist. It is however, more of a psychological drama and with the story ending on a open-ended note, there could be a chance of a sequel coming our way. Nonetheless, the scare affair could have fared a lot better had it been for the less-than obvious, never-seen-before kind of story. 

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