Jason Blum at Blumhouse Pictures is making a decent living of scaring the crap out of the world. Over the last 7 years, his production company has brought more successful franchises and standalone low-budget horror films than anyone else. The formula? Small cast, limited set pieces, few, if any, special effects and a will to make you pee yourself. Oculus does nothing to sway from this formula.
Directed by Mike Flanagan who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Howard, tells a story which centers around two young siblings Kaylie (Basso) and Tim Russell (Ryan). Ten years ago they witnessed their parents, Marie (Sackhoff) and Alan (Cochrane), go insanely mad as a result, presumably, of a mysterious mirror hanging in their father's office. As a result, the children are forced to defend themselves and Tim kills his father. When the police arrive they remove the children from the house and they are separated. Tim is taken into custody for the murder of his father while Kaylie is sent to an orphanage.