Oculus & Only Lovers Left Alive – What Did YOU Think?

?Two genre films are asking for your attention this week. On a wide release level, there’s Oculus, the film by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, and on a limited release level there’s Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, with Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin and John Hurt.

Both have received favorable reviews here at Shock. You can read my thoughts on Oculus right here. Ryan Larson weighed in on Only Lovers Left Alive here and I’m in total agreement with him. I love that movie.

Exclusive Video Interview: We Talk to Oculus’ Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff,

This week sees the release of Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, the horror film that made its debut at TIFF last year, played to SXSW audiences last month and is finally going wide thanks to Relativity, Blumhouse and WWE.

I loved the film and spoke with director Flanagan about his latest work here, now tune in to our latest string of video interviews in which I speak with the cast: Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Kate Sackhoff (Riddick) and Rory Cochran (Right at Your Door, Dazed and Confused). Here, they discuss tackling the intense nature of their roles, that sinister mirror that haunts the film and more.

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Gaze into Our Gallery of Photos from Oculus

?Shortly after wrapping our interviews for Oculus today, we received a large batch of pics from the supernatural thriller which is garner quite a bit of positive buzz (including some praise from Stephen King). You can sift through the photos via our gallery here. Stay tuned for our exclusive chats with Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochran. Click here for our interview with director Mike Flanagan.

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An Apple is Not What It Seems in a New Oculus Clip

?Another clip from Oculus has arrived and it’s probably the best one yet. This one comes to us courtesy of Crave. It’s a pretty good spoiler-y moment featuring star Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) that’s teased in the trailers.

The film opens April 11th. You can read our review here.

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The Bloodcast Episode 66: Listener Questions, SXSW Recap & More

?This week’s episode of The Bloodcast is all about catching up. Hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe answer a handful of listener questions and address a mixed bag of topics.

Wolfe weighs in on a handful of films she has seen and Turek provides a report from SXSW. The two touch on The Walking Dead’s big “shocker” and the finale of True Detective (which two actors do they think should take over for season 2?).

SXSW Exclusive: Mike Flanagan Talks Oculus Origins, Designs, Stephen King &

Since seeing Absentia, after repeated recommendations, and catching Oculus at SXSW, I’ve been eager to pic writer-director Mike Flanagan’s brain to see what made this promising horror helmer tick.

Luckily, I was granted the chance to interview him while down in Austin, Texas. We shared our mutual affection for True Detective before steering on topic. Read on to learn a bit about Flanagan’s approach to horror, how Stephen King impacted him, how Oculus got its start and what we can expect from his next film, Somnia.

In Oculus, opening April 11th, a brother and sister take on a haunted mirror that has destroyed their family. Somnia, currently in post-production, stars Kate Bosworth in a story about an orphaned child whose dreams

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Absentia, Oculus Helmer Talks Upcoming Film Diver – Flatliners Meets Inception

Recently, news broke that Mike Flanagan, the director of Absentia and the April 11th release, Oculus (pictured), would direct a film called Diver for Intrepid Pictures.

Steeped in the world of New Orleans, the film centers on a top secret team who enter the minds of the recently deceased to experience their memories. Naturally, this is an efficient process to solve murders, which is what this team does. Alas, they ultimately unleash a supernatural force in the process.

We spoke to Flanagan about the project who described the film as purely “fun.”

SXSW Exclusive: Jason Blum on Insidious 3, Sinister 2, Oculus & More

Jason Blum is here in Austin, Texas for SXSW to tout a pair of new genre films carrying the Blumhouse Productions name: Creep and Oculus.

While Creep doesn’t have a release date yet, Oculus is arriving April 11th. What makes them similar is that they’re both films Blum was not involved with from the beginning. Rather, he entered the project after they were shot.

Blum sat down with Shock yesterday to discuss this and to provide us updates on his forthcoming slate like The Purge: Anarchy, Sinister 2, Insidious 3 and Paranormal Activity 5.

SXSW Review: Ambition, Originality & Scares Drive Oculus

Without sound too hyperbolic, I genuinely believe writer-director Mike Flanagan is one of the genre’s most promising directors today. Absentia was a quiet, dramatic burn with a unique concept that outweighed any imperfections this 2011 indie film shouldered. Oculus, which played at SXSW and opens April 11th, more than demonstrates he won’t be contained to a sub-genre and is eager to push the narrative boundaries of horror in more ways than one.

Absentia, Oculus Helmer Boards Thriller, Diver

Mike Flanagan will next direct Diver for Intrepid Pictures, reports Deadline. Flanagan has been the subject of a lot of Shock coverage. The man is the director of Absentia and the forthcoming Oculus. He’s also finishing up Somnia, starring Kate Bosworth. That’s your first look at Somnia.

According to Deadline: “Diver revolves around a secret project based in New Orleans that involves a team sent to enter the minds of the recently dead to experience their final memories in order to solve the most heinous crimes.

SXSW Preview: Exclusive Images from Mike Flanagan’s Oculus

Mike Flanagan proved to be a director to watch when his indie effort Absentia hit the genre scene. If you haven’t seen this quiet, creepy film, seek it out on Netflix Instant. With Oculus, arriving April 11th, Flanagan is kicking up the scares with a slightly larger budget and a few more familiar faces in front of the camera. Today, we have an exclusive look at the film via three new photos.

Oculus is holding its U.S. premiere at SXSW on Saturday, March 8th, if you’re in the Austin, Texas area. Stay tuned for coverage from the event!

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