Karen Gillan’s spunky orphan Kaylie and her far less gung-ho brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites) endeavour to prove that an antique mirror is possessed by an evil spirit in cunningly crafted, enjoyably creepy horror thriller Oculus. Delivering spine-tingling scares over the course of the night after Kaylie rigs their old home with cameras to catch the mirror in the act, the film cleverly interweaves the present with flashbacks to Kaylie and Tim’s childhoods and the deaths of their parents. As the older and younger versions of the siblings move seamlessly in and out of the same spaces in the house, it becomes impossible to work out whether what we are seeing is illusion or reality. The acting isn’t always as elegant as the camerawork, but that doesn’t prevent this effective chiller from delivering its short, sharp shocks.
Certificate 15. Runtime 103 mins. Director Mike Flanagan.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Warner Home Video Ltd.
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