Why You Should See Oculus, Even if you Don’t Like Scary Movies

Last Friday, the latest horror movie from the Jason Blum production team (the guys responsible for Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Purge et. al) hit theatres. That film is called Oculus, and you should go see it. I was lucky enough to see this flick at TIFF’s Midnight Madness last year, and am here to insist you go check it out. Now I must admit, when I bought tickets to see this last October, I had no idea it was a horror movie. I just saw the names Katee Sackhoff and Karen Gillan on the docket, nerded out, and promptly bought tickets. Had I known it was scary, I probably would have hesitated, missed out on tickets and this awesome movie, which would have led to an endless lifetime of kicking myself. And get this: I hate scary movies.


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White Noise 2: The Light

Scary movies really aren’t my thing. Occasionally I like to test myself by trying to watch a horror movie, but you’re talking to a chick that had nightmares from Mary Kate and Ashley’s Double Double Toil and Trouble. Not a word of a lie. So when I do sit down to get the shit scared out of me, it’s usually because a) it looks funny (which is why I now own House on Haunted Hill), b) it’s a bad slasher movie from the late 90s/early 2000s (can’t wait for Scream 4) or c) it stars someone who I love enough that I’ll see pretty much anything they put out. The latter was definitely what brought me to watch White Noise 2: The Light last night, and it I was pleasantly surprised.

I never saw the first White Noise, and I still have no desire to. It looks kind of campy, and after watching Pulse (which was another reason “c”, love me some K Bell), I really don’t need to have anyone else tell me that technology is full of dead people. But when I saw that the sequel stared Nathan Fillion and Katee Sackhoff, well I geeked all over the place and knew I had to see it. I mean, Mal and Starbuck in the same movie? Come on people, this is like every nerd’s wet dream. OK, maybe that would be more like Six and 7 of 9 as lovers… but I digress (and really am a nerd, oh my god). If you understand what I’m talking about, and you really do want to see Mal and Starbuck on screen together? Well this isn’t exactly it, as Nathan Fillion’s not so much with the jokes, and Katee Sackhoff isn’t heavily armed and kicking ass. But, if you want to see some of your fave sci-fi actors work out their horror movie chops in a decent flick, then this is for you.

NOTE: I am aware this movie came out 3 years ago. I never promised I’d be on the ball, just that I would attempt to be mildly entertaining. So if you want to call me on failing a promise, it’d definitely be that last one.

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