in about 100 words or less
US 103m, Colour
Director: Mike Flanagan; Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff
Oculus is the story of a possessed antique mirror that has the ability to alter one’s perception and manipulate the physical environment in its immediate vicinity. An impressive supernatural horror film, its strength is its ability to create fear and suspense without relying on explicit violence. Employing flashbacks, which slowly reveal the past experiences of the main characters as children, Oculus effectively cuts between past and present events to tell their stories in parallel. As a malevolent protagonist, the mirror is likely find its way into a series of sequels in the coming years (Klaus Ming November 2015).