Honestly, I did not find it the least bit horrifying. But I was glad that it was not a typical horror movie that simply had nonsensical scary moments planted here and there just to get a few screams from the audience and your adrenaline rushing.
Banking on a relatively strong storyline and more sinister than gore, the movie is based on two siblings that decide to dig up the supernatural force that caused their family tragedy ten years ago and to try and destroy it once and for all.
Though I did feel like the story went a little too slowly for certain moments, especially the beginning, the overall storyline was wrapped up nicely with clever parallels between the past and the present.
The movie’s direction was more towards the exploration of perspectives, the idea of what is real and what is an illusion. That was fine by me since it made the visuals more interesting and it made me stay alert to catch the hints and come up with my own sequence of events for what really happened. That made it engaging for me and I was able to follow the action throughout.
Another thing I really liked will be the subtlety of it all – from the presentation of the supernatural force to the hurt it inflicts onto the various parties and the action that follows after. You know, most horror films does things like flying spirits and sharp teeth and victims having missing body parts, which make things really over done and pretty lame. But Oculus embraced the details and the precision of actions and moments.
The dad’s fingers. The mum’s caesarean scar. Kaylie’s face. Tim’s hand.
I also really appreciated the appearance of the supernatural force – her normality accessorised with slightly cracked skin, mirror-covered eyes, a mocking smile and just a slight tilt of the head.
Oh, I just love it.
But beyond just horror, this movie told me a sad tale of a family that fell apart and was meant to remain broken ever since the start of the mirror’s existence. I mean, even while the mirror was gone, it left such a haunting impression on the children that Kaylie (the daughter) painstakingly located it just to bring it back to destroy it. Without a physical presence, the mirror went on to destroy their lives and controlled them.
And the ending was just painful for me. It was a sense of feeling alone – the kind of loneliness you feel when no one believes your version of the truth – and the people that know are not there. I admit that I cried a little and thinking about it, this movie had the same effect on me as Mama, which is a horror show I caught last year.
So what’s real and which memories did happen? Or is everything simply in your mind, where the ghosts really live?
Well, guess no one will really know.