Ten years ago, Kaylie and Tim's father murdered their mother, and Tim was taken away to a psychiatric hospital for shooting their father dead. Now that her brother has finally been released, Kaylie is determined to prove the deaths (and several others from the past) were the fault of a sinister looking antique mirror.
"Hello there," Kaylie says quietly to the mirror, touching the glass with her finger. "You must be hungry..."
First off, I know that a tale of a haunted mirror sounds a bit old hat. But Oculus surprised me by turning out to be an enjoyably tense, psychological horror film. And while things might seem puzzling at the start, it soon becomes hugely intriguing as the story unfolds through two different timelines. It's cleverly written, and it makes the viewer constantly question what they are seeing and assuming. It certainly caught my attention and wouldn't let go.
Technically it's a well crafted film - the cinematography, editing and score are all outstanding. The performances from the two actors playing Kaylie (as a child, and as an adult) are impressive too. Even if it did take me a few minutes to get used to Karen Gillan not being Amy Pond in Doctor Who.
Violence and gore seekers might be disappointed. While Oculus has a couple of gruesome moments, the focus here is on atmosphere, tension and mystery. All of which are well created. Forget about cheap jump scares too. Just sit back, be entertained, be scared, and be prepared for a creepy story that will hook you and pull you in.