Horror stories and love stories have a common feature: they either work or they don’t, simple as that. There’s very little gray area when it comes to movies like these. This is an obvious fact because in a horror movie if the audience doesn’t get scared, you failed. There are a lot of movies in this genre that end as big disappointments. Not this one. Oculus is
a huge success.
The most common thing I’ve observed is that a ghost stops being scary when you finally get to see it. You can scare the audience as long as you want as long as you don’t show the cause behind the scare. Man has always been afraid of the unknown, and the more you keep it that way, the scarier it gets. And this movie was one scary ride I tell you. But we’ve seen almost all kinds of stories possible in this genre. But creativity has no limit, and the talented people in the industry still manage to bring us even newer stories all the time. Spoilers are the most destructive in horror and thriller movies, so I’ll try to say as less as possible.
The story is a bit different, yes. But from the beginning, it becomes clear that the source of all problems was an old antique mirror. But other than that, everything is a completely new experience. The pacing was superb and the story felt refreshingly new. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time, just to know what would happen next.
The main plot deals with two timelines, eleven years apart. The narrative was one of the most impressive ones I’ve seen in any horror movie in recent memory; and in fact, this was the best feature of the movie. Both the stories ran seamlessly together throughout the whole length. I never found any conflict in the story between the two periods. Both the stories kept their tempo till the end, bringing the viewer to the epic double conclusion.
All the actors were in character the whole time. You simply couldn’t look away for a moment as the scare felt genuine and really intense. My personal favourite was Annalise Basso who played the younger Kaylie Russell. Everyone was at their game here. Great acting here.
They employed very little background sounds but only when necessary. The atmosphere was dark and scary, and that worked all the way.
There are a lot of horror movies out there. Some are average while some are instant classics. Regardless, Oculus is a must watch for any fan of this genre.