Monday, April 21, 2014

Post Mortem: Oculus, Scary to Some?

     Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, the man who brought us the horror flick Absentia in 2012, this movie is a failure from the very start of the film, with only a few snap-shot scares that can be taken away from all of this. The trailer actually contains ninety percent of the scary moments in the actual movie. Check it out:

     Yeah, most of the big scares are in the trailer for certain. There are a few lead-in plot devices, like a hallucination of chains coming out of a wall.

     In short, a young boy is incarcerated for shooting his father when the Dad was going berserk, killing him. Ten years later, the boys sister purchases a mirror that hung in her fathers office that she's become obsessed with due to its history of death and supernatural claims.
     She actually prepares ways to counteract the mirrors most devastating effects, which include hallucinations that can make you starve or die of thirst, cause self-mutilation and even drive people to murder through illusions. She has timers set up for her and her brother to eat, to drink, to reset cameras and check plants.
     Yeah, the mirror kills plants. We don't know why...
     But the failsafe, to keep the mirror from killing them is a automatic weight with a bladed edge that will swing down and shatter the mirror should it not be reset every thirty minutes. The sisters entire desire is prove that the mirror is exerting a supernatural force and that it wasn't their Dad's fault that he went berserk. She may even be able to clear her brothers name!
     Alas, all is lost when the mirror ups the ante and readily defeats their failsafe methods of protection and begin to psychologically torture the siblings.
     If you want horror, don't come to this movie for that. It's not scary. There are a few suspenseful moments, and maybe three or four sudden-shock scares. This is a drama, at most, and it's not really dramatic. This is just a movie with a unique plot that is told from the siblings perspective as children and adults at the same time, until they blur together. That's what "saves" this movie somehow.
     Take some advice, and just stay at home and enjoy Netflix. I do have some suggestions for you...

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