Interviews Karen's been doing to promote NAHE, they're all adorable.
Oculus: A superb supernatural thriller about two siblings struggling to escape an abusive past.
Mike Flanagan’s exceptional film Oculus is ostensibly about a haunted mirror that traps its victims in a cycle of anguish, feeds off their psychic energy, and then pushes them to suicide or murder—but the director uses this as a jumping-off point to examine the psychological weight borne by children who suffer physical and emotional abuse. This would be challenging material for many filmmakers, but Flanagan and his excellent cast handle the complex, powerful story with sensitivity and confidence.
“OCULUS” (TIFF Movie Review)
Mike Flanagan’s debut picture ABSENTIA was something truly special: a quiet, slow burning indie horror film that betrayed its budgetary cramps at every turn and used an existing location—in this case, a creepy suburban tunnel—and made it into something nightmarish. Slow zooms, quiet spaces, ambiguity and minimalist music all coupled with better than average performances and the result was a work of practical nickel and dime perfection. If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately and watch in the dark…
TIFF 2013 Review: OCULUS Isn't Just A Great Midnight Film, It's A Great Film, Period
The Midnight Madness slate usually has a few rules - keep things snappy, keep them gory, and you'll do well to keep the denizens of the dark with you for a running time that stretches well into the very early morning. Splatters of blood and blaring horns are often key, and often mood is sacrificed for needing to keep the audience jolted awake.