Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Oculus (2013)

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oculus 3Kaylie and Tim had a troubled childhood. When they were 12 and 10, respectively, the siblings bore witness to their father’s sudden mental break, where he murdered their mother and then came after his children. Fortunately, Tim was able to kill his father before he could hurt him or Kaylie. Unfortunately, Tim was confined to a mental hospital for the next eleven years.

The time in the hospital ultimately helped Tim. After years of therapy, he was able to dispel his belief that the antique mirror in his father’s study had possessed both of his parents and destroyed his family. Upon the day of his release, Tim is ready to reunite with his sister and begin life anew. The only problem is that while Tim was away, Kaylie has been obsessively hunting the mirror, and, with Tim’s help, she will finally take her revenge.

If horror films could be described as people, Oculus would be a ballet dancer. This movie is elegant, deftly graceful, and utterly terrifying. The story starts when Kaylie and Tim are adults with flashbacks to their past, but as the story progresses it becomes more difficult to determine what is present, what is past and what is an illusion created by the ominous mirror. The cast is superb, especially Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as adult Kaylie and Tim who may or may not be mentally ill.

I hate to give too much away, but I will say that this film leaves a lot of room for interpretation and has no clear answer as to what is real. I jumped into this film with little idea of what to expect, and I was immensely satisfied. I recommend that if you are interested, you do the same.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Oculus.

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