BY GRETCHEN GREEAR
Mike Flanagan’s newest horror movie “Oculus” terrified me to the core. Being a horror film lover, I’ve seen my fair share of gut-wrenching, heart-pounding movies, but this one messes with your mind. The premise of the film is a mirror that possesses those surrounded by it, forcing victims to kill loved ones and ultimately end their own lives. The movie follows a boy and girl whose mother and father were killed by the mirror. Seeking revenge for their parent’s death, the sibling duo try to kill whatever evil force destroyed their family.
Though I’ll admit, the whole possessed mirror idea is a bit unrealistic; the mind-trip you go on during this movie is anything but corny. My friend and I were the only ones in the theater, and we actually sprinted out to our car when the movie ended, we were so scared. I think what makes it so scary is the fact that you don’t know what’s real and what isn’t, adding to the horrific madness. One of the most terrifying parts of the movie was when Kailey (Karen Gillan) bit into what she thought was an apple but was actually a light bulb; cutting her mouth. Then you find out that she really was biting into an apple and her mind tricked her into thinking she had eaten a light bulb. It’s hard to explain the true scariness of this movie through writing; you really have to go see it for yourself to get the whole effect.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5 rating. It kept the gore-level to a minimum but still managed to scare the bejesus out of me. Go see it!