Oculus | Chicago Reader


Regardless of any supernatural elements, the richest horror films tend to be ones that tap into more earth-bound fears. Jacques Tourneur's Cat People (1942) and I Walked With a Zombie (1943) hinge on their heroines' dread of being vulnerable to sexual predators. George Romero's "Living Dead" cycle plays on the fear that such established social institutions as the nuclear family, the military, and capitalism will prove meaningless in the event of catastrophe. Oculus, a cleverer-than-average haunted-house movie currently in theaters, speaks to a couple of widespread anxieties—one topical, the other sadly timeless. Director Mike Flanagan integrates these concerns into the horror-movie mechanics with some grace, making for a more involving entertainment than Insidious or The Conjuring, recent haunted-house films by his contemporary (and Saw alumnus) James Wan. Continue reading >>



  • Mike Flanagan


  • Karen Gillan
  • Brenton Thwaites
  • Katee Sackhoff
  • Rory Cochrane
  • Annalise Basso
  • Garrett Ryan
  • James Lafferty
  • Miguel Sandoval
  • Kate Siegel
  • Scott Graham


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  • Marc Evans
  • Peter Schlessel
  • Anil Kurian
  • D. Lumpkin
  • Dale Johnson
  • Glenn Murray
  • Julie May
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