Ocu­lus

They do it with mir­ror

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Re­lease Date: 20 Oc­to­ber

2014 | 15 | 103 min­utes | £ 25.99 ( Blu- ray)/£ 20.99 ( DVD) Distrib­u­tor: Warner Home Video Di­rec­tor: Mike Flana­gan Cast: Karen Gil­lan, Bren­ton Th­waites, Ka­tee Sack­hoff,

Rory Cochrane, James Laf­ferty

This hor­ror

turns a sim­ple mir­ror into a gen­uinely scary vil­lain, as Karen Gil­lan’s Kaylie sets out to prove that it was the creepy look­ing glass – and not her brother Tim – who was re­spon­si­ble for their par­ents’ deaths.

As the mir­ror toys with Kaylie and Tim’s minds on their re­turn to the fam­ily home, Ocu­lus rel­ishes the fact that what you imag­ine is usu­ally much scarier than what you see. Mike Flana­gan thrives on the small bud­get that’s be­come the trade­mark of Ja­son Blum pro­duc­tions, and keeps the ef­fects to a min­i­mum in a tight, spare pro­duc­tion that could almost work as a play. Flana­gan’s cam­era work is sub­lime, cut­ting ex­pertly be­tween Kaylie and Tim’s fight for sur­vival and flash­backs to their par­ents’ death. You may see the dé­noue­ment com­ing, but even so, Ocu­lus is bril­liantly played, in­ven­tive and gen­uinely chill­ing.

Ex­tras: Noth­ing on the DVD. The high­light on the Blu- ray ( rated) is Flana­gan’s 2006 short “Ocu­lus Chap­ter 3: The Man With The Plan” ( 32 min­utes). Much of it feels fa­mil­iar after watch­ing the main at­trac­tion, but it’s a real treat to see the movie’s min­i­mal­ist ori­gins. The “Inside The Mir­ror” fea­turette ( 10 min­utes) is too brief but hits the key beats of jour­ney from short to fea­ture, while the six deleted scenes would have added lit­tle to the movie – es­pe­cially the Candy­man- es­que coda. Richard Ed­wards Ocu­lus di­rec­tor Mike Flana­gan is cur­rently work­ing on a screen­play for an I Know What You Did Last Sum­mer re­boot.

She’d com­pletely cleared the lo­cal Camp­ing World out of lanterns.

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