Oculus

These days it feels like every horror movie can be easily categorized. Either it’s a possession movie, a found footage movie, a slasher movie or some inane combination. Finding something different is rare. Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, at the very least, strives to be different. Combining elements from several subgenre columns into something that feels new and fresh, Oculus is the story of a brother and sister who try to destroy a haunted mirror that drives people to wild hallucinations, blurring lines between what’s real and what’s not.

Flanagan’s script is a psychological jumping bean as it hops wildly between multiple timelines, putting the audiences in the shoes of the characters, everyone totally unaware of precisely what’s going on. The whole thing has a fluid feeling that’s not exactly innovative, but exciting enough to potentially kick off a new franchise. Read more of our Oculus movie review below. Read More »

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The promo establishes its connection to the earlier film right away, showing us clips of the animated film. Then, with the help of some new footage, it emphasizes the weird bond that develops between Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the child she’s doomed (played by Elle Fanning as a teen). Watch it after the jump.

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In advance of the movie’s June theatrical release, Sundance has released the first The Signal trailer. It’s an odd, riveting watch. Brenton Thwaites plays a college kid who’s apparently being interrogated by Laurence Fishburne about his contact with alien life, or something like that. It’s tough to say because the promo purposely keeps the premise mysterious. Watch it after the jump.

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Directed by Phillip Noyce, the Lois Lowry adaptation unfolds in a seemingly perfect society without hunger, pain, or strife. But when young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to be the community’s keeper of memories, he discovers that this utopia comes at a staggering cost. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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‘Oculus’ Trailer: The Mirror That Kills

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You’d think a character convinced that a mirror had somehow killed her parents would spend the rest of her life avoiding all mirrors at all costs. But in the new Oculus trailer, Kaylie (Karen Gillan) does just the opposite, going out of her way to track the item down.

She claims it’s all in an effort to clear the name of her brother Tim (Brenton Thwaites), but the way she strokes and coos at it suggests she has a sick fascination that goes beyond any responsibility to her sibling. And as Oculus is a horror movie, it’s not long before her attempt to right some wrongs starts to go horrifyingly awry. Watch the video after the jump.

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Oculus

As far as everyday objects go, mirrors can be pretty creepy. Ask anyone who’s ever stumbled into a funhouse mirror maze, or who’s ever shrieked at a shadowy figure in the dark only to realize they were looking at their own reflection. And those are the ones that aren’t haunted by malevolent forces.

In Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, two unfortunate siblings (played by Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) have to deal with one that is. As kids, their parents were brutally killed and Tim was convicted of the crime. However, Kaylie has always believed him to be innocent, and after he’s released from protective custody as an adult, they set out to prove that the mirror did it.

Which sounds kinda silly, but then again so do a lot of horror movie premises. Oculus received pretty solid reviews when it premiered at TIFF last year and caught the attention of Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum, who scooped it up for Relativity to distribute. The new trailer has arrived, and you can see it after the jump.

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The Giver - Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites (header)

It’d be easy to assume that Philip Noyce‘s The Giver is just another Hunger Games knock-off, given that it’s yet another YA adaptation set in a dystopian universe. But in truth, it’s a film that Jeff Bridges has been working on for almost twenty years — way back before Katniss Everdeen was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’ eye. Heck, before J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter.

Based on the novel by Lois Lowry, The Giver unfolds in a seemingly utopian society which has not just eliminated, but completely forgotten concepts like war and poverty. When protagonist Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) comes of age, however, he learns that this pain-free existence comes at a cost. He is chosen to bear the burden of remembering the past so that others won’t have to, and begins to receive memories from the Giver (Bridges).

The first images from the film have just been released, and you can check them out after the jump.

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