People have said that mirrors are pathways to other dimensions. Even ones where pure evil resides. So it’s not a big leap to see them used in a horror movie as a catalyst for some paranormal shit to break out from (others like “Mirrors” and “Candyman” come to mind that have used them with limited success). With Oculus, Relativity Media is promising a more intense scare though (they’re quick to note the producers of “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious” are involved). Based on the trailer, in which a brother and sister purposefully draw whatever is in the mirror out, I’d say they’re right, although it does seem to rely on many of the horror mainstays in today’s movies. See for yourself.
Oculus stars Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty and Kate Siegel.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie 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 . . .
Oculus reflects in US theaters on April 11, 2014 and UK theaters on June 13, 2014.