What is really interesting about this film, apart from the fact it has canon incest, is that it was written and directed by Anna Paquin’s brother Andrew Paquin. Anna and her husband Stephen Moyer only have small cameo roles but obviously they did the film to help out her brother, which is nice. I liked how the movie was set up so that the viewer isn’t suppose to know that the brother and sister (David and Lila) are in fact siblings. There is just subtle hints throughout the movie, and then an obvious allude to it when Lila is talking about David’s children’s book he wrote and how the brother and sister are not being allowed to fall in love with each other, and that they are twins. So the two sibling characters in the movie are not only brother and sister, but twins. I liked how the movie did sort of a role reversal and had the sister calling the shots and being the dominant one, but at the same time the brother was so weak and just seemed so unstable it made it less fun and interesting. It is another example of this sort of toxic codependent relationship between psychotic incestuous siblings that a lot of films that are canon have, but still worth a watch.
Like my clever title? Well it was actually used for a special sibling preview of Oculus – ”Dare your brother or sister to join you for a special siblings preview of Oculus.” So you know judging from that this film is going to be pretty sibling orientated!
Are you afraid of the dark?
Darkness (2002) and Oculus (2014) are two films that both deal with dark and mysterious forces in a house. In both films the sisters are trying to “save” their brothers, the sisters are also older and strong-willed.
In Oculus, a brother and sister (Kaylie and Tim) attempt to destroy the spirit-possessed mirror that killed their parents. Kaylie tries to exonerate her brother Tim, who was convicted of the murder, by proving that the crime was committed by this supernatural phenomenon. Spooky…Better be-careful what you pic up at that next garage sale!
I (or should I say eye? LOL) really liked the movie, especially because it shows the siblings growing up, and by that I mean being absolutely terrified in their house, and then in their adult years trying to seek revenge for their messed up childhood! The end will shock you though!
In Darkness, a teenage girl (Regina played by Anna Paquin) moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family, especially her little brother. I didn’t care for this film as much, as it just seemed to have so many plot holes, but the brother and sister relationship was very cute and protective.