How do you adapt an unadaptable Stephen King novel into a movie? The answer, apparently, is to hire Mike Flanagan.
Flanagan may not be the type of household name horror director the way John Carpenter, Wes Craven and George Romero once and still are, but over the last several years, he’s been quietly rising to prominence as one of the most efficient craftsmen in the horror genre. As a horror filmmaker, Flanagan seems to have a knack for taking unlikely, or unworkable, concepts and finding the humanity in them. Gerald’s Game, Flanagan’s adaptation of a seemingly unfilmable King novel, has already earned high praise from early screenings and hits Netflix today, possibly launching the filmmaker to even greater prominence. The film is exemplary, but it’s just another piece in the greater puzzle that is Flanagan’s growing filmography.
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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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