Mike Flanagan is well on his way to being a bona fide 21st Century Master of Horror. The filmmaker first hit horror fans’ radars with his indie feature film debut, Absentia, in 2011; it was a low budget, character-driven creeper that the really gets under your skin. It led to gigs directing Oculus in 2013, Hush in 2016, Ouija: Origin of Evil in 2016, and Gerald’s Game, which just took Netflix by storm earlier this month.
But before he was horror’s golden boy, Flanagan produced a short film that still stands as a brilliant, worthwhile piece of filmmaking worthy of your attention. It’s actually the early incarnation of Oculus, except instead of focusing on a brother/sister team of protagonists, it’s one man against the haunted mirror that drives people to madness.
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It’s called Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, but just to be clear, there is no Chapter 1 or Chapter 2; the title creates an implied mythology that gives the short film a scope beyond its runtime of 30+ minutes. It’s a slow burn psychological smolder, as a protagonist battles wits with a supernatural evil. Will he bring an end to the entity that’s haunted his lineage once and for all, or, like a frog in a pot of slowly boiling water, will he realize too late that he’s been bested?
Give it a watch and let us know what you think about It’s called Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan in the Comments section. Are you a fan of Mike Flanagan? What are your favorite films he’s directed? Let’s discuss!
Official Synopsis: A man sets out to prove an antique mirror is haunted. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan stars Scott Graham, Brandyn Feldman, and Joe Wicker.
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