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Review: 'Oculus' Delivers Good Old-Fashioned Haunted House Spookiness

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 9, 2014 5:45 PM
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If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-porn subgenre, in which our anxieties about war atrocities translate, somewhat clumsily, to movies where people spend whole running times getting pieces of their bodies lobbed off. The other, equally powerful force in horror movies has been the "found footage" genre, again translating our cultural queasiness when it comes to technology and turning it into something positively supernatural. But thanks to last summer's surprise blockbuster "The Conjuring," it looks like those are being shoved aside in favor of good old-fashioned haunted house spookiness. "Oculus" is a perfect example of this newly relevant style, and the results are damn scary.

Watch: New Clip & TV Spot For Horror 'Oculus' Starring Karen Gillan And Katee Sackhoff

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 18, 2014 10:21 AM
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One of SXSW's small but pleasant surprises was haunted house horror “Oculus” (our review), which arrives on screens this spring. As we note in our review, haunted houses are having a bit of a moment thanks to “The Conjuring” and arguably “The Purge,” which isn't strictly about a haunted house but has some of the structural elements of those films.

SXSW Review: Scary Haunted Mirror Horror 'Oculus'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 9, 2014 9:00 AM
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Oculus
If there's one certainty in the horror genre, it's that trends will come and go. Some strain of horror will be popular for a few years, then disappear just as quickly, waiting for its moment of reinvention or cultural relevance. The genre's recent past has been dominated by two forces: the torture-porn subgenre, in which our anxieties about war atrocities translate, somewhat clumsily, to movies where people spend whole running times getting pieces of their bodies lobbed off.

Watch: New Trailer, Poster & Pics For SXSW Horror 'Oculus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2014 2:57 PM
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Oculus
There are certain things horror movies have taught us over the years: don't go in the basement, don't go to the cabin in the woods, don't investigate whatever is making that weird noise in the dark. They have also taught us that mirrors are perhaps best left alone, particularly if they are big and creepy and covered in a sheet. Except if you're the folks in "Oculus."

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