Horrorfest 2022 Presents: Oculus (2013, Mike Flanagan)

Thanks to Hulu I finally got around to viewing Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which revolves around an evil mirror. Or maybe it was a cursed mirror? I’m not sure, really, yet it doesn’t matter because the movie doesn’t bother explaining it too much. Which is fine, since the history of the mirror that Karen Gillan’s Kaylie explains to her younger brother, Tim, played by Brenton Thwaites.

Kaylie has a wild plan to destroy the mirror, which she blames for ruining the lives of her family. Flashbacks featuring Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane as the siblings parents are really creepy and very effective, as it demonstrates the true power of the mirror over people. The mirror causes hallucinations, insanity, and takes over people’s minds. That’s a lot for one mirror.

Despite really liking and enjoying this movie, I feel the ending should have been switched around a bit. I do love the final shot, which is bittersweet and very eerie, and Flanagan is one of the best horror directors working today. This was a nice early effort from him. I look forward to finishing his filmography at some point, along with his tv work, most of which is on Netflix.

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