Throwback thrills are the latest horror craze, and a welcome change from redundant found-footage and torture porn terror. You leave movies like The Conjuring and Insidious feeling better for watching them, giddy but not grossed out.
The latest throwback is Oculus (R), a movie whose shocks are centered on haunted furnishings, not the entire house. In particular, an ornate mirror that apparently drove a husband (Rory Cochrane) to murder his wife (Katee Sackhoff) and their son to kill him in self-defense.
Ten years later, the son and his sister are released from a mental institution and foster care, respectively, hoping to prove the boy's violent act was caused by supernatural forces. Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites play the grown-up siblings, who, in the tradition of young horror movie heroes, can't find anyone who will believe what they're claiming.
Oculus wasn't screened in time for Weekend review.