Sometimes all you need to create a really scary horror film is a simple but powerful concept, and in upcoming horror movie Oculus that concept is this: There is a mirror. It is evil.
Obviously things are a little more complicated than that. Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) are siblings whose parents were killed during their childhood, resulting in Tim being blamed for the crime and locked up in a mental institute. In an effort to clear his name, Kaylie and Tim set out to prove that an ornate antique mirror was the real culprit in the deaths of their parents, as well as the deaths of its many other previous owners.
The first teaser for Oculus didn't give away too much, but a full length trailer has now arrived and includes a lot more footage as well as a clearer look at the plot. Interestingly, it looks like the flashbacks to Tim and Kaylie's childhood might not be flashbacks at all, but instead the mirror's illusions causing past and present to collide.
With the new trailer comes a brand new poster for Oculus, featuring the younger versions as Tim and Kaylie, as well as some new stills showing the siblings and their possessed mother (Katie Sackhoff). Check them out below.
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Gillan is probably going to be a key attraction for this title, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest that Oculus is worth seeing on its own merits. The short film version that writer and director Mike Flanagan (Absentia) originally made won multiple awards from film festivals, and reviewers are already praising Oculus very highly after its festival run.
Oculus is the latest offering from Blumhouse Productions, Jason's Blum's production company, which is fast becoming one of the biggest names in the horror genre. Blumhouse has the art of making low-budget horror movies that end up with big box office profit down to, well, an art. The studio also produces the Insidious and Paranormal Activity series, as well as The Purge and its upcoming sequel The Purge: Anarchy. If Oculus succeeds, perhaps Blumhouse will have another potential franchise on its hands.
Oculus will be watching you in theaters on April 11, 2014.
Source: The Playlist