[TIFF ’13] FilmDistrict Won’t Release ‘Oculus’ Anymore…


World Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival from September 5-15 is Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which had already acquired by FilmDistrict. According to the Hollywood Reporter, FilmDistrict is no longer releasing Flanagan’s haunter, based on his acclaimed short film of the same name.

Starring Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso, and Garrett Ryan, “Oculus is a spine-chilling supernatural tale of two damaged siblings (Gillan and Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass — a legendary mirror their family once owned.

Says the site, under certain circumstances the filmmakers had the option to shop the movie to other buyers. Intrepid wants the film to open nationwide, while FilmDistrict was planning a platform release (meaning direct-to-VOD). Both sides say the parting of ways was amicable, and that FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel’s assistance was invaluable during the making of Oculus.

Flanagan directed the impressive Absentia, so we’re intrigued to see what comes next…

Here’s a list of ALL the genre films playing at TIFF 2013.


  • Blood-Sicles

    FilmDistrict wanted to dump this on VOD? Doesn’t sound like them to produce a direct-to-video flick. Still, I really really hope Fantastic Fest books this before its (hopefully) wide release.

  • Mayday

    Somebody better pick this up and release it soon. I need more Karen Gillan! :drool:

  • diapers

    So, what exactly does that mean to the future of this film? Same shit that happens to All the Boys Love Mandy Lane?