Oculus (2013) Monster Madness X #17

Mike Matei / October 17th, 2016


  • Don Skiver

    October 17, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Man.. these modern horror movies do not seem appealing at all. Thanks for saving me the time of watching these movies.

    • kingjoseus

      October 17, 2016 at 4:16 am

      This one’s a winner, I’d give it a shot.

      • Don Skiver

        October 17, 2016 at 7:32 am

        Well… Okay. I’ll give it a shot.

      • October 17, 2016 at 8:29 am

        Agreed; give it a shot. But don’t expect horror like the monster or slasher films. It’s more psychological and unnerving than scary, but you need to be along for the ride and let it suck you in.

    • J Mc

      October 19, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      I would strongly recommend this one as well. I would also add that I found it very scary – but it does have a different style than your older horror film, definitely liked this one more than The Babadook.

      Other modern horror films I loved:
      It Follows
      The Conjuring
      The Witch(VVitch)

      I would rank any of these at or above many horror classics – though direct comparisons are a bit unfair.

  • October 17, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Caught a glimpsr of it randomly a week ago, didn’t seem good. I just watched it a bit because of the previous Dr Who girl. I’ll give it a full chance though since It Follows was mostly really good from your suggestions. But Insidious… total onion of a movie to me 🙁

    • October 17, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Maybe I’m snob with modern movies, I don’t know…

      • J Mc

        October 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        I don’t think it comes down to being a snob, I think horror movies don’t work for everyone. There are many people who love them when they are younger but have a hard time keeping that love going as they get older. You definitely have to suspend disbelief and be able to vicariously place yourself inside the movie to get the most from one – and if a movie doesn’t compel you to do so, I can’t blame someone for not wanting to.

        Still – even if horror movies are very hit/miss and love/hate, some are loved a little more often than others.

    • October 17, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Yeah, Insidious was a complete joke. I didn’t care for It Follows, either. But I thought Oculus was excellent.

  • October 17, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Do you like Doctor Who James? You never talk about this show before, until now, so I’m asking…

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 17, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      They have twice or so during J&MM.

    • October 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Iirc, he’s doesn’t want to jump in mid-way through, but he also doesn’t have time to watch every episode from William Hartnell, so the show is kind of impenetrable for him.

  • bud

    October 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Nice. I know a few of us have been asking for this one.
    I’ve been a fan of all your Modern Mondays and WTF Wednesdays choices.

  • buck19

    October 17, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Great view Jamies

  • Paulballsftw

    October 17, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Wasn’t this a WWE production movie? I thought it was ok for the idea and as a movie but I think there is already movies about mirrors out there. This movie makes you think either the mirror was evil or it was just in their mind. But how did others having the mirror die. Makes people unsure at the end and still thinking. Pretty cool idea though.

  • horrorshow

    October 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Hey James and Mike. Karen Gillan was mntioned here and I couldn’t help but think of some great scary episodes of Dr Who you might like: Empty child, Blink and Caves of Androzani. 🙂

  • October 17, 2016 at 11:36 am

    The guy who plays the father also played Slater from Dazed and Confused.

  • Emily Richards

    October 17, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Anyone see Sinister?

    I’ve noticed that most critics and fans have praised It Follows and Oculus more. But I recently saw Sinister on a whim, and thought it was much better. It’s flawed for sure, and I wouldn’t say it’s scary in terms of making you scream or jump out of your seat. Then again, I don’t find most modern horror films scary in that sense. And jump scares are often being “startled” and not actual terror.

    But what worked for me in Sinister, is I felt the movie had actual disturbing scenes in it. I felt uncomfortable and it gave me the chills, in a way no modern film has done in a long time. Without getting into too heavy of spoilers, the home made crime videos are actually well shot, and disturbing as hell. I’ve seen real crime videos in University, and they got pretty close to evoking the sense you feel when watching them.

    The film also completely sticks to its guns, and doesn’t wuss out. It commits to what it’s going for. Ethan Hawke also gives a great performance. My only major gripe with the film is the explanation behind the horror, never feels that great to me. But it doesn’t really matter too much, since the films horror is more about this family dealing with things (and not the explanation for the horror elements).

    I was just really surprised at how much I liked it. It’s a slow burner of a film, and it does take time to build up. Like I said it’s not perfect. But Hawkes performance + the disturbing aspects of the film grip you and carry you to the end.

    I liked it way more then Oculus. I do get why people like this film because of the unique concept + the way it’s shot. But I also think the concept kind of falls flat because there is a major glaring problem in the girls plan – that is obvious from the start. So the rest of the movie you know what’s going to happen. I feel like this Creator has issues with his scripts, because I felt his other films also had the same problems.

    • Emily Richards

      October 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

      I apologize for the wall of text. In my browser it snowed my post had spaces. No idea why it posted this way 🙁 Doesn’t seem like there is a way to edit either. Sorry guys.

    • NashKnight

      October 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Sinister is ok, but Oculus is better by a long shot

      • Emily Richards

        October 17, 2016 at 3:37 pm

        Damn, a long shot?

  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Insidious was not what I thought it was …It started welll and the plot was ok but at one point the story goes non sense and it was like *Ok everybody we must finish this fast* and all went wrong and bad.

  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    fucking comment doesn’t write

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    October 17, 2016 at 11:55 am


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    October 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

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  • TagaZok

    October 17, 2016 at 11:59 am

    you really have a fucking prob with your post

  • NashKnight

    October 17, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Awesome movie, one of the best horror movies lately

  • Ignacio Pellegrino

    October 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    whyyy whyyy WHYYYY the still images!!!!!

    • fantasticfink

      October 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Same. I miss the damn video footage.

  • Dan85

    October 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Would you guys consider the 1982 Ruddigore to be horror? To be certain, Vincent Price gave a masterful performance.

  • October 17, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for keep these relatively spoiler free! This is one I’m definitely going to check out.

  • fantasticfink

    October 17, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    This is probably one of the worst horror movies I’ve seen in my life. I’m disappointed, James.

  • greedo

    October 18, 2016 at 2:46 am

    I have to say, this is well done. It isn’t a classic, by any means, but it is one of the most interesting and innovative films that I’ve seen in the past 10 years. It definitely messes with your mind. One thing that James doesn’t mention is that the mirror causes people to hallucinate. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I might spoil something, but the ending is something to see!

  • fcabanski

    October 18, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Get the new XBOX One Ass?

    I thought this was going to be a movie about someone who bought the Oculus Rift, and then he realized the horror of how he was suckered into buying early adopter crap.

    • fcabanski

      October 18, 2016 at 3:54 am

      BTW, The woman, what’s her name, is an awful actress.

  • Pablo1989

    October 18, 2016 at 8:40 am

    One of rare examples where….ah nevermind 😛 i wont say anything everything find on Tvtropes.

  • geddon

    October 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Modern Monday is my favorite of the new series. I liked Oculus and Babadook, but I agree that Babadook is hugely over-rated.

  • Roth Sothy

    October 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    A lot of the ones from Blumhouse are good. I saw Oculus a couple years back, and for the most part, it was okay, but I watched it mostly for Karen Gillan. I like how they set up the equipment part though because it reminded me of the 1986 film, HOUSE. I’m looking to revisit it someday when I show it to a friend.

  • Ras

    October 19, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I’d rather watch Amityville ’92, but that may have less to do with movie quality and everything to do with Megan Ward’s evil mirror image touching her indecently.

  • TagaZok

    October 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

    it follows wasn’t bad the plot line was good but satys in a point of just running from it … You don’t know when it come who it come and WHY! But Id’like it what so ever

  • penpan

    October 20, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I love this film! One of the modern ones that honestly disturbs me

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