I’ve been critical of horror movies in the past and their evolution over the years. It is weird, out of all the movie genres it is horror that has such rapid and noticeable swings in the likes and dislikes of the public. In the 80s we saw the rise of the slasher flick, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and the like. In the 90s there was a lot more of a push for surreal thrillers like Silence of the Lambs and Event Horizon. In the 2000s we saw the rise of gore porn with film franchises like Hostel, Saw, and Final Destination leading the charge. Now that we are halfway through the 2010’s I can see the trends of horror are changing again as we find ourselves in more of the slow building dread and haunted house horror stories which we can most likely thank Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring, and Insidious for. Now I’m not saying that these horror tropes are mutually exclusive to their given decades, I’m only saying that they do follow trends that the majority of these movies seem to follow. Hell if they followed exclusive trends such classics as The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Drag Me to Hell, and The Thing would not be in existence.
But as of right now we find ourselves in the 2010s and dreadful slow building horror with stylistic and sharp color tones seems to be all the rage. Thus we find ourselves with today’s topic Oculus. Oculus is a movie brought to us by Blumhouse Productions as well as the infamous WWE Studios, directed by newcomer Mike Flanagan, and stars one of everyone’s favorite companions to The Doctor Karen Gillian and relative newcomer Brenton Thwaites. All things considered this movie should not have been much of a blip on the 2014 movie radar but surprisingly enough gained quite a praise from fans and critics alike. So today we are going to look at it and judge whether or not this movie truly is as good as everyone says it is. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Oculus”