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Mirrors are supposed to let us see ourselves. However, in "Oculus", the eye-opening Indie Horror flick coming to theaters nationwide this weekend, has a haunted mirror that makes you see what it wants you to see.

Two adult siblings, Kaylie (Karen Gillan) and Tom (Brenton Thwaites), are trying to look beyond what drove them apart in their childhood. That being their father went mad and murdered their mother causing the young Tim to kill his dad in self-defense.

However, Kaylie believes an evil force residing inside the glass is the true culprit and she makes her brother promise to one day break not only the mirror but, the longstanding curse which seems to have taken the lives of every previous owner.

Told in a dual storyline that unfolds at the same time leading to a terrifying denouement. One in which is set in contemporary surroundings showing the leads being reunited, the other detailing the backstory of the children and their family's fate after moving into a new home and acquiring the deadly antique.

A good cast of veterans, Katee Sackhoff ("Sexy Evil Genius") and Rory Cochrane ("Dazed and Confused") play the disturbed parents, along with relative newcomers Gillan and Thwaites and child actors Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan, all of whom deliver solid performances reflecting the anguish and torment they go through in this ghostly treatment.

However, a ridiculous (albeit a very original) premise and an ending you can see coming from a mile away almost shatters the scary set-up Director Mike Flanagan ("Absentia") has so carefully constructed. Though to be fair, the film has some truly disturbing sequences. Definitely one of the better chillers to arrive so far this year. So, keep an eye out for "Oculus" or you too may fall under its spell.

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