Karen Gillan Stars in Creepy Trailer & Poster for Horror Movie ‘Oculus’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 7th, 2014 at 2:35 pm,

Mirrors can be very scary, and not just when you look into them on the morning of a hangover. These everyday bits of furnishing have provided boundless material for horror movies, video games and Youtube scare videos, and no doubt will continue to do so for many years to come.

Next up to exploit our fear of mirrors is horror movie Oculus, which stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away) as Kaylie and Tim Russell, siblings whose lives were torn apart when their parents were murdered in their childhood. Tim was convicted of the crime, and so Kaylie seeks to exonerate him by proving that the real killer was a malevolent supernatural force lurking inside a mirror in their house. Honest, your honor.

As far as defenses go it’s a little bit dubious, but in fairness there actually is an evil spirit lurking in the mirror. That is, if the new trailer for Oculus is to be believed. The cursed mirror takes center stage as both younger and older versions of Tim and Kaylie are victimized by it, and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) plays their mother, though she doesn’t look particularly nurturing.

The trailer also comes with this poster, where Gillan’s involvement acts as the main draw. Well, that and the ghost hands.


Oculus poster with Karen Gillan 570x844 Karen Gillan Stars in Creepy Trailer & Poster for Horror Movie Oculus

Oculus was co-written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Absentia) and was based on a short film that he directed several years, which had an even creepier trailer and won multiple awards from different horror film festivals. The feature film also claimed a runner up prize for the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award¬†at Toronto International Film Festival last year.

Blumhouse Productions, well-known for successful horror franchises like Insidious and Paranormal Activity, co-produced Oculus, which is set for release this spring. It’s already received a lot of very positive reviews, with Bloody-Disgusting describing it as “unrelentingly terrifying,” JoBlo praising it as “certainly the cleverest, and arguably the most entertaining” film to play at Midnight Madness, and Dread Central saying that it has “one of the most moving conclusions this reviewer has seen.”

With responses that strong, it’s got to be worth a watch.


Oculus arrives in theaters on April 11, 2014.

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  1. Mirrors are so overplayed. We need more movies about haunted beds.

    • I want more movies about demoniac socks….

  2. not enough here for me to say anything on it *shrugs* But yay looks like Karen’s career is going to be a somebody outside of doctor who!

  3. I’ll watch anything with Karen Gillan so I’m so game.

  4. Karen Gillan is a ginger goddess. Ill be seeing this for sure

    • Just “goddess” would have sufficed as well but yes.

      • But the ginger is the best bit…why leave it out.

        • *?*


  5. Best haunted mirror I saw was the one in the hall of mirrors in Solomon Kane.

  6. WWE really should change the name of their production company. The moment I saw “WWE Studios” I was no longer interested. But what do I know, the movie could be great. Hard to tell. I hope it is, for Karen Gillan’s sake. But I would need to see a longer trailer. This one was more confusing than anything else. Confusing, and a little annoying.

    • If it means anything, the film is technically Intrepid Pictures and MICA Entertainment with the other three merely partnering together for distribution after it showed at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It’s not like it came from WWE Studios or they had a hand in it.

    • Every company has to start somewhere. WWE may one day surprise us. I did however think I had the wrong trailer when I saw the WWE logo…. :D

      • Well, their best movie to date is still See No Evil so yeah….

        I read the premise but honestly, I can’t help but think of the movie Mirrors with Kiefer Sutherland that had a mildly similar plot.

  7. Karen is in, I’m in. I wonder if she’ll be donning an American accent…? Hope the movie is actually good though…

  8. Karen Gillan seems to be gaining momentum these days. Good.

  9. I really hope they didn’t just give away the ending…

  10. Is everyone disregarding Mirrors with Keifer Sutherland?

    • “These everyday bits of furnishing have provided boundless material for horror movies”

      Doesn’t look like it. Since you brought up Mirrors, though, are you disregarding Into the Mirror?

  11. As others have already said, I’m game if Karen is in it (even though the genre is played out).

  12. First off the Karen Gillan Actress is a snarky little annoying twerp. The movie is stupid, why does the glass have this power? no one knows, and why did they lock the f****** dog in the office, of all places? the house is 3000 plus SF and they lock it in the office. How stupid, very stupid movie.