I love horror, but to be quite honest, I’m really easily spooked by certain things. When my husband and I were looking at buying new bedroom furniture, I was skeptical about buying a mirror for on top of the dresser. I tried to pass this off as being frugal – why get the mirror when we have huge mirrors in the bathroom where we would likely be getting ready anyways? – but the truth of the matter is that mirrors spook me. Not all mirrors – I mean, I am, afterall, female, and do use mirrors on a daily basis (though some might argue that point) – but I find mirrors in a dark room eerie. When I use the bathroom at night I make a concerted effort NOT to look in the mirrors in the dark room. I don’t know what I am expecting to find inside, but I know I don’t want to find it.
So when Oculus was first advertised as a movie about a possessed mirror I was both intrigued and, if I am truly honest, a bit squeamish about the concept. But being the horror (especially paranormal horror) lover that I am, I had to see the flick. On my way out of the house, I looked at the mirror we had just hung in the bedroom and thought, “damn, I may not be able to look at you once we get home”. Alas, I shouldn’t have worried. While Oculus is a decent movie about a possessed mirror, it wasn’t all that scary. Suspenseful, yes. Intriguing, yes. But not cover your eyes scary. Not, don’t go into the basement because there is a demon down there, scary. And it was about a specific mirror. A specific UGLY mirror. One I don’t own. So my mirrors are safe for now.
As for the movie, I enjoyed it. I found the characterizations to be realistic. I especially liked the flashback scenes and how they were interspersed throughout the movie. I found the “what is real and what is just the mirror doing it’s evil juju?” stuff very engrossing and even my husband, who is only horror tolerant – not a horror addict like me – liked the movie though he found the ending to be lacking.
All in all, I enjoyed the movie and will likely watch it again when it is out on dvd or cable. I give it a solid 3.75 out of 5.