Excerpt: The neatest trick Flanagan pulls off is how he cuts between the past and the present until the two timelines dovetail and overlap. But he also telegraphs one gross-out effect too insistently and a death by pottery shard fails to convince.
Excerpt: Outside of its technical competence and a cool blueprint, though, “Oculus” pales as a horror film from one fundamental problem: it’s never genuinely scary, the intensity factor and number of generated goosebumps never as high as one might have predicted or hoped.
Excerpt: An unsettling, tension-filled and wholly unpredictable mystery horror that’s both classically unnerving in the way that only the best horrors are while at the same time not afraid to show its hand of strangeness.
Excerpt: Flanagan’s titillating tale of a macabre and mysterious mirror, traumatic childhood memories and parental abandonment issues just has enough eerie punch to lift this otherwise generic goosebump offering beyond its atmospheric twitching.