Oculus movie poster
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I made a slight mistake in writing this column when I decided to watch the trailer for Oculus late last night instead of during the daylight hours of Sunday morning. Honestly, this thing scared the shit out of me. I don’t know if it was the creepy eyes or the reversed background music or seeing Slater-san as a demon-possessed father. Something in this trailer put me over the edge.

Here, ruin your day and night with the trailer for Oculus:

Even more concerning is that critics really like this thing so far, which means it’s scarier than shit. High critical scores are reserved for only the most terrifying of movies. I’m sick thinking about how much I won’t sleep after seeing this.* Even more concerning is how someone took a "haunted mirror" plot and turned it into something anyone would want to see.

*Anyone who knows me knows this is "tough guy" talk. I don’t watch scary movies. I’ll just tell people I saw it and that it was good. Life’s more settled that way.

Directed by Mike Flanagan, who’s new to wide releases, Oculus is scoring well with critics because it is appears, at its core, to have a solid story about siblings working to clear the name of their murderer father. They think he iced mom because of a haunted mirror. Standard. The reviews are strong because it appears the scares are secondary to a tight script with human elements surrounding the supernatural. That’s the key for flicks like this working. Everything else needs to be on point for the scares to really pay off. It looks like they do and I’ll take everyone’s word for it.

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