my purpose in life is to make sure everybody knows about Oculus because let’s be honest, it doesn’t get half the recognition it deserves.
If you have been watching horror movies since when you were a child like me, when you get to the tender age of 32 you are basically numb to the terror, the butchery, you even forgot what sense of uneasiness means.
While you still enjoy the blood baths and the cheap jump scares it's nearly impossible to feel frightened like you used to when your young and innocent eyes were witnessing gruesomeness back in the day.
And this exactly why I adore Oculus so much: It was the first horror in what it feels like forever that scared the crap out of me!
I have been waiting for a long time for a quiet week so I can review this since it's one of my favourite horror movies of recent years and finally this day has come, so don’t be surprised if this turns out to be 90% a love letter to Mike Flanagan since he gave birth to this movie and also a bit of a plea to Mike Flanagan to do a sequel. Because it can totally happen, I mean, this could easily go on and on… Aaah, a girl can only dream!
Oculus came to life originally as a short that Flanagan made in 2005, called Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man with the Plan, that was critically acclaimed from the get go and received multiple prizes, but unfortunately took him 7 years to find a studio that didn’t want to turn his movie into a FREAKING FOUND FOOTAGE! Thanks you so much for sticking up to your guns Mikey, we all had enough of shaky camera action!
I happened to watch Oculus by chance while I was on an a plane a couple of years ago, never heard about this or any Mike Flanagan films before and since we all know the horror movie selection on flights is really limited, I had to work with what the airline gave me.
Luckily for me, Oculus turned out to be a gem and my purpose in life is to make sure everybody knows about it because let’s be honest, it doesn’t get half the recognition it deserves.
Oculus is the story of a young woman, Kaylie, that is determined to clear her family name after a series of events that took place about 10 years before that left her parents dead, and her and her brother's lives shattered (her brother mainly, she is doing pretty good).
As crazy as it sounds, the cause was a big ol’ mirror that has been around for centuries, and what it does best is destroying the lives of the people that own it.
I know, it’s a nutty premise, but I'm not telling you any more about the plot because I don’t want to ruin the surprises for you, but what I will say is that you will never been able to look at a lightbulb and a staple remover in the same way, but most importantly this flick is so cleverly shot that will give you the whole time, a sense of dread and anxiety.
Mike Flanagan has not let me down so far, I adore Before I Wake, Hush and (duh!) Oculus and even if I’ve heard the first Ouija (directed by Stiles White that is not known for doing anything good in fairness) was shite, I can't wait for the 21st of October to see what Mikey is gonna come up with for his take on Ouija: Origin of Evil.
...and let me be honest here, what gets me really excited in this day and age of remakes and reboots is a movie based on a brand new idea (they are infinite, people!), executed perfectly (don’t need to spend billion on CGI to make a film worth watching), if I can get even a little bit freaked out of it that is a plus (I don’t ask for much do I?) and Mike Flanagan always manage to bring that to the table.
Keep em coming dude!