Full Trailer: Mike Flanagan’s Fantastic Cursed Mirror Film, “OCULUS”


Anyone wowed by the eerie atmosphere of Mike Flanagan’s ABSENTIA should be positively thrilled that his new feature, OCULUS is rapidly approaching. Heavily delivering on all of the potential within that 2011 film, OCULUS is crushing and legitimately scary throughout, and you can get a taste of such, as well as the film’s parallel structure in its newly released full trailer.

Coming April 11 from Relativity, OCULUS opens tens years ago, when “tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim (Brenton Thwaites) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan) forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…”

What begins as a classical spooky story becomes something altogether horrifying with serious emotional weight. I can’t recommend OCULUS enough, and if you’re down at SXSW this weekend, it’s playing Saturday the 8th, Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday, March 12th. For more on the film, see our Chris Alexander’s review here.

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