Thursday, 14 August 2014

Oculus - Reviewed

From the Producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes Oculus, Now i can't remember, Was Insidious good and Insidious 2 rubbish? Which Paranormal activity films were good? Was it the Conjuring that was good or was that Sinister?Basically these films now seem to be overtaking the found footage trend, Based on true event ghost stories seem to be the new thing to do.
The basic premise of the story is told in both modern times and flashback, The flashback tells of how two children's mother became possessed by something that was laying within a haunted mirror,The father went loony tune and the small boy protects his sister by shooting his dad. Tales are then told by the boy of ghosts and demons which results in him being locked up in a mental home until one day he is released into the care of his sister.
So after all these years he is finally cured but his sister has big plans for his release, She wants him to return to the house where all the deaths and demons were and film the mirror to prove that there is something inside as well as finally killing what ever lay within the mirror.
At first he totally rejects the idea but she takes him to the house where she has cameras and every sort of paranormal detecting equipment pointed towards the mirror, Night Vision, Timers to check he battery life and change the film within the cameras. The boy through is years of institution has now total disregard for the paranormal but she sets out for that night to prove to him that he wasn't insane.........
Now i didn't dislike Oculus but in saying that i didn't love it either, It seemed a lot weaker and more predictable than the likes of Insidious and The Conjuring, The idea behind it being told in both present day and flashback whilst not original by any means was done rather well, The acting was pretty solid as was the camera work t just seemed for me that there was something lacking, I  felt like i was watching one of the American "My Haunted House" style shows but longer. In saying that you could do a hell of a lot worse, so if you looking for something that's not too heavy this could be for you, A nice easy if predictable and for me not that scary a movie,
Jonny T.


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