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    ‘Oculus’ revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts

    Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film. More

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    South by Southwest Unveils 2014 Midnight Lineup

      South by Southwest has unveiled 10 titles for its Midnighters lineup, including the world premiere of the Bigfoot found-footage film Exists, directed by Eduardo Sanchez – his first foray into found footage since 1999′s monster hit Blair Witch Project. The lineup also includes the U.S. premiere of Oculus, directed by Mike Flanagan, which topped […] More

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    Trailer for ‘Oculus,’ our most anticipated horror film of 2014

    Director Mike Flanagan is back with his sophomore feature Oculus, about a woman who tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon. Flanagan, who showed tremendous promise with his directorial debut, Absentia, is one of the most exciting new voices working in the horror […] More

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    Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

    10. Poltergeist Directed by Gil Kenan Written by David Lindsay-Abaire USA Release Date: November 14th Production recently wrapped on the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director’s chair and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) producing. Little is known as they continue to put the movie together in post-production, but we do have a few details, beginning […] More

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    Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

    In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a pretty big fan of the horror genre, and so I wanted to spotlight some of my most anticipated horror films of 2014. Between the big studio releases and the crop of independent features from some of our favourite directors, 2014 looks to be a great year. Note: I […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Oculus’ is one of the best American horror films of the past decade

    It is rarer than unicorn octuplets these days to encounter a genuinely creepy, refreshingly inventive horror film given the genre’s remorseless penchant for unleashing increasingly formulaic sequels or cannibalistic remakes of past atrocities, so the inclusion of Oculus in the Midnight Madness strand of the Toronto Film Festival seems destined to delight fans of things that go bump in the night. This is a terrifically creepy and genuinely innovative addition to the inventory. More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Oculus’ revitalizes supernatural horror with an essential dose of heart and smarts

    Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters. Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film. More

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    The Best Films Of 2011 … So Far!

    While most blogs/sites post their “best of the year so far” lists in June, I like to wait until August – with good reason. You see, we here at Sound On Sight cover various film festivals across the globe. Five of the biggest fests (Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Tribeca and Fantasia) all take place before August, […] More

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    Fantasia 2011: ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ – ‘The Innkeepers’ – ‘Absentia’ – ‘Marianne’

    In Part One of our epic two-part sort-of wrap-up to the Fantasia Film Festival here in Montreal, we take on a motley crew of some of the most-discussed genre movies on display. First up: Mike Flanagan’s Absentia, a moody, microbudget thriller partially funded through Kickstarter; Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake […] More

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