After his crowd-sourced low-budget hit Absentia, Mike Flanagan’s latest film Oculus has been picked up by Blumhouse, the production company owned by Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity series, and is set to be released by Relativity Media on April 11th.
Oculus stars Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as two siblings with a terrible string of bad luck. As kids, their parents (played by Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane) were brutally murdered and Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is convicted of this heinous crime. However, when Tim is released, Kaylie (Karen Gillan) believes that an “antique mirror in their childhood home” was what actually killed her parents and she is determined to prove it.
Interestingly enough, Mike Flanagan wrote and directed a short film titled Oculus: Chapter 3: the Man With the Plan all the way back in 2006, which won numerous awards. However silly the premise of a killer mirror might seem, he has already proven that he can take this sort of idea and make something out of it.
Again, Oculus is out on April 11th.
“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…”