Ten years ago Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) shot his father (Rory Cochrane) after he witnessed him killing his mother (Katee Sackhoff). He's sent to a mental hospital because of the shooting but also because he believed that his parents' deaths were due to an evil supernatural entity that possessed an antique mirror in their home. This leaves his sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan) to face life alone until, years later, Tim is finally released. All he wants to do is move on from that fateful night, but in his absence Kaylie has become convinced that the mirror is indeed possessed, as she's discovered that the mirror's previous owners throughout the centuries have had similarly bloody pasts. Kaylie is determined to prove that the mirror is responsible for the murders as opposed to Tim or her father.Wikipedia
Oculus’s success as a horror thriller lies in how well it keeps its characters and consequently the audience on their toes. It raises the questions that matter without letting you feel settled about any of the answers it offers.
Oculus is a story that has its fair share of goosebump-inducing moments but it would have been told better if it were cut short.
If you find mirrors spooky, stay away. And if you love to check yourself out in the mirror, this low-budget thriller will compel you to think otherwise.
Smart and intelligently written, Oculus raises the right scares to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Whether you’re a horror buff or not, you should seriously consider watching Oculus on the big screen. It’s a really fun film with a lot of aural and visual style, and that means all the aesthetics, and not just Karen Gillan.
"Oculus" is a well-crafted small budget film that delivers. While the visuals have a poetic quality at first, they gradually get frequent and the film's tension between objective and apparent realities loses some of its power. Nevertheless, the film stays focused to its emotional quotient.
Semi-scary, watch it if films of the genre strike a chord in your heart. The scare affair could have fared a lot better had it been for the less-than obvious, never-seen-before kind of story.