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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Check Out the Haunting New Horror Film From the Producer of 'Paranormal Activity' and 'Insidious'

Ever since she stood up to Vin Diesel and Jordi Mollà in last year's Riddick (which was awful, but she was a badass), Katee Sackhoff has been on my radar as one to watch. Though the actress has been working steadily since 1998, and had memorable stints on both Nip/Tuck and 24, she has yet to really capture the attention of a wide audience. Which usually means, in the case of actresses, that the next route to take is to star in a horror film--one of the few genres that can draw a large crowd no matter how bad it is.

OCULUS, which is in theaters April 11th, doesn't seem to reinvent the wheel, but I am hoping that it at least approaches a familiar premise in a fresh way. More on the film below:

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents.  Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether:  a malevolent supernatural force¬¬ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.  Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century.  With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again...

I'm not sure which character Sackhoff plays (and she doesn't appear in the teaser clip below), but the two lead roles (Tim and Kaylie) are played by Brenton Thwaites and Karen Gillan. Aside from Sackhoff, the other draw for me is producer Jason Blum, who I think has really taken the genre by storm with Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, and several other breakouts). So I'm hoping he's got another hit on his hands with this one.

Check out the teaser trailer:


Dan said...

Hopefully it won't rely too much on the special effects as I love these sorts of supernatural thrillers and really enjoyed Paranormal Activity.

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