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Camera Obscura

HD   NR Closed Captioning SDH

Aaron B. Koontz

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About the Movie

Jack Zeller is an intelligent, solitary man who continues to struggle with the horrors he witnessed as a war photographer. After falling in love overseas, he talks his new fiancé Claire into relocating to his Midwestern hometown in the hopes of starting a family. But when his PTSD symptoms linger, Jack quickly finds himself fragile and unemployed, struggling to keep Claire by his side. Jack dedicates himself to remedy this and through professional help and medication, real progress appears evident. But just when it seems his life is coming into focus and his PTSD may be improving, Jack is given a mysterious camera as an anniversary gift that quickly puts this notion to the ultimate test. Upon developing the photos, Jack sees images that appear to show imminent deaths in the locations he photographed. As one horrific scene after another becomes realized, Jack is left with a moral dilemma he never thought he'd face: If you know someone is going to die, is it your job to stop it? This question and many others begin to haunt Jack as his grip on reality becomes tougher for him to manage. The stakes are raised even higher when Jack recognizes someone familiar in one of the photos, just as a skeptical and determined detective begins to suspect his intentions. Through an unfortunate series of events Jack believes he's discovered exactly what he must do to put an end to these horrible tragedies. But, with the police bearing down on him and his sanity in question, can Jack hold it together long enough to do the unthinkable?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Nothing if not an exhaustive compendium of fright-film motifs. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Jun 8, 2017

Rotten: "Camera Obscura" lurches between gory thriller sequences and dreary character development, and never develops any momentum. – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, Jun 8, 2017

Rotten: Camera Obscura squanders its intriguing premise with a ham-fisted execution. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 14, 2017

Rotten: The implied conditional logic governing the camera's curse doesn't extend to the film's amateurish discontinuities ... – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Jun 7, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Loved it

Cerebral, beautiful, horrifying. I loved this twisted movie.

Fun, Weird and Unique

There was real effort here and it shows. One of the few new and original Horror films out there that keeps you guessing and off-kilter. Definitely worth checking out.

Great Horror Film!

This is a gem! I loved it.

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Camera Obscura
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2017

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