Oculus Looks Creepy — But Also a Bit Clichéd

I don’t think there’s ever been a movie mirror as creepy as this Oculus thing — even that magic mirror in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. And to make that point, we have a new video clip and a some photos to go with the creeptastic Oculus trailer released earlier.

I Am Rogue has a selection of photos and the movie’s first poster. Not sure I would have gone with the “frightened children” motif, but…

Here, thanks to MTV Movie News, is a foreboding little clip:

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Watch Karen Gillan’s Oculus Trailer

The horror film Oculus was Karen Gillan’s first big project after breaking hearts and leaving the beloved Amy Pond role on DOCTOR WHO, and the film’s first full trailer has just been released.

The flick looks very creepy — even if the clip does not make it clear what exactly the demonic mirror does. Apparently it makes you see things it wants you to see… but is the mirror possessed by a demon, or is it a prison for a demon — or is the looking glass itself evil?

Still, Karen gets to use her native Scottish accent, and the movie co-stars BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’s Katee Sackhoff, so how bad can it be? (Wait, don’t answer that… with horror films, the result can be quite terrible.)

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Aims for Funny Bone

Looks like director James Gunn decided to go for broke with Guardians of the Galaxy and do something different. Instead of making yet another epic “Marvel movie,” he decided to make a James Gunn film instead! After watching this trailer, my first impression is that he made the right choice.

This is the work of the guy who wrote and directed Slither; this is the work of the guy who wrote and directed Super. I like it.

You might miss former DOCTOR WHO companion Karen Gillan debuting her look as baddie Nebula. Look for her at about the 1:57 mark; she’s the blue chick deploying blades in each hand. She’s in the trailer for literally one second.

Karen Gillan Teams With Katee Sackhoff in ‘Oculus’

When Karen Gillan left DOCTOR WHO (in the heartbreaking “The Angels Take Manhattan”), one of her first new projects was this mysterious movie. We knew Oculus would be a horror movie of some sort, but details were scarce.

Well, now we have the first trailer from the flick, and I can tell you… well, it features a mirror that bleeds.

So, apparently, it’s evil blood.

In case you can’t tell from the trailer (and who could?), Karen plays a woman who believes supernatural forces are responsible for the murder of her parents — a crime for which her brother was convicted and imprisoned.

Oculus opens April 11 in the USA, although it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.

Peter Capaldi: the New Scotsman in the TARDIS

doctor12Although Peter Capaldi was only the Doctor onscreen very briefly at the end of “The Time of the Doctor,” he established that not only does the 12th Doctor have a new face, he has a new way of speaking — in a Scottish accent!

The Doctor was previously played by two other Scottish actors — Sylvester McCoy portrayed the Seventh Doctor and David Tennant the 10th — but they were not allowed to use their native accents onscreen. McCoy managed to sneak in the occasional rolling Rrrrrr and some other small flourishes, but he wasn’t speaking like Jamie McCrimmon for his entire tenure. Mostly, McCoy was speaking standard English.

But now along comes respected actor and Scotsman Capaldi and his Scots accent, and show-runner Steven Moffat has decided to let Peter be Peter.

A BBC spokesperson told The Mirror newspaper:

“The decision for Peter Capaldi to have a Scottish accent as the Doctor was a creative decision and it was not part of his contract.”

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Rocket Raccoon Finds His Voice

rocketraccoonMarvel Studios made it official today, announcing that Bradley Cooper — of Silver Lingings Playbook and The Hangover fame — has signed to provide the voice for Rocket Raccoon in the now-filming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

I must confess that my initial gut reaction is disappointment, because I feel that Cooper brings nothing in particular to the role except name recognition. Now producers will be able to trumpet “Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper” as part of the cast, which, aside from Zoe Saldana and (arguably) Vin Diesel, isn’t exactly brimming with household names in Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Lee Evans and Karen Gillan.

GotG opens Aug. 1, 2014.

Hate Karen Gillan’s Shaved Head? Well, Sucks to be You

karenbaldOne of the reasons that James Gunn was selected to direct Guardians of the Galaxy — Marvel’s big-screen gamble on one of its lesser-known properties — is that he is… well, quirky. Maybe more off-beat. Okay, so he’s kinda twisted. All you have to do is watch the unsettling Slither and Super to realize that we won’t be getting a safe and sterile superhero film out of this guy.

And part of Gunn’s quirkiness is his attitude — which has been coming in handy lately as Marvel fandom moans about his creative choices for GotG — especially his decision to make Scottish actress Karen Gillan shave off her sexy long red hair to play space pirate Nebula. The consternation and angst has been building ever since Comic-Con. Never mind that Karen — best-known as Amy Pond on DOCTOR WHO —  still looks hot as hell without her ginger locks; the character is currently bald in the source comics, so where is the criticism coming from?

But Gunn is having none of it. He recently Tweeted:

“If you are sending me hate messages about making ‪@KarenGillan2 shave her head, you might consider the overall state of your life.”

Yeah, I just started following him.

P.S.: My opinion has nothing to do with the fact that I shave my head, by choice!