Dark Mirror

2007

Dark Mirror

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Bizarre occurrences plague a home, but it remains unclear if they signal a manifestation of evil or the illusory products of a woman's mental breakdown in Dark Mirror, director and co-screenwriter Pablo Proenza's tense supernatural thriller. The tale begins when a family of three -- photographer-cum-mother Deborah (Lisa Vidal), her husband, Jim (David Chisum), and their son, Ian (Joshua Pelegrin) -- move into a house with a number of oddities attached, including not only a shady history, but creepy aesthetic touches such as mirrors that reflect to infinity and panels made of beveled glass. Deborah begins to work toward rebuilding her career behind the camera, but everyone who appears in her photographs suddenly and inexplicably dies. On an even more unsettling note, Deborah begins to suspect that the two women closest to her -- her best friend and her mother -- are in fact the walking dead, or zombies. The occurrences in the house seem to manifest themselves as omens, beckoning Deborah to interpret everything, but the signs conflict -- and threaten to drive Deborah beyond the point of comprehension when she discovers an odd book left behind by the prior owners, and filled with strange, cryptic diagrams and notations. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast

Lisa Vidal
as Deborah Martin
David Chisum
as Jim Martin
Tucker Smallwood
as Det. Williams
Jim Storm
as Frank
Jay Knowlton
as Det. Vasquez
Jean Carol
as Real Estate Agent
Susan Brindley
as Professional Woman
Daeg Faerch
as Neighbor Kid
Kristin Lorenz
as CSI Photographer
Juliana Rong
as Mrs. Yoshida
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  • Oct 08, 2011
    Much better than I expected. A very errie, frightneing ghost story with plenty of blood and scares. Loved the twist ending as well. An interesting flick.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2010
    I thought this flick had alot of potential and you can tell that in some of the scenes but it never really ran with it and ended up being lifetime movie of the week material. It had an identity crisis, it was like one part psycho/slasher, one part psycholigical/drama mystery and one part haunted house flick but it didn't really focus on any of them well and the twist at the end was too complicated for its own good. I thought it was way too slow moving with not enough action and the overall effects were generic to me. I never thought it was scary or unnerving, it just was t.v. material, the acting was pretty decent though but not amazing either and I just thought it made an interesting premise into a pretty dull experience, I guess it's another case of would of, could of, should of. What a let down! Overall I was disappointed in the movie but there is definitely alot worse out there to rent but then again there is even more exciting movies out there as well. Wait for television! More of a 2.5 out of a 5 star rating.
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2009
    <B><I>DARK MIRROR</I> (2007)</B> WRITTEN BY: Matthew Reynolds, Pablo Proenza DIRECTED BY: Pablo Proenza FEATURING: Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, Joshua Pelegrin, Lupe Ontiveros, Christine Lakin, David Farkas GENRE: <B>HORROR</B> TAGS: doppleganger PLOT: <B>When an artist moves to a haunted house, she becomes an unwitting conduit to a deadly entity, tying together a triad of strange phenomena via her professional use of optics, reflections in mirrors, and the strange oriental glass windows which surround her.</B> COMMENTS: A photographer relocates to a spooky new home in this unusually paced, quiet thriller. It's not a classic, Gothic haunted house like one might expect to find in a story such as <I>The Haunting Of Julia</I>. There are no ghosts or objects moving around by themselves. If there were, the plot might actually be less disturbing. Instead, this is a house you haunt yourself. The unusual edifice provides portals to an unsettling parallel plain. And that's not all. Once awakened, mirrors and glass reflections, both inside and out of house, reveal structures and people who aren't really there. Or are they? Although Deborah can't seem to access what she sees in the windows and mirrors, those things have an inconvenient and eerie ability to enter her world. When they do, the results are devastating. Unbeknown to Deborah, the ornate, hand-crafted windows in her new home are constructed from an oriental crystal that traps demons when they attempt to enter the domicile. And why, you ask, are the windows made from such glass? Well it seems the last guy who lived in the house, a painter who went insane (is there any other kind?) was married to a woman who had a <I>little problem</I> -with murder. Believing her to be possessed, her artist husband installed the glass to keep her prisoner in the house. Frighteningly, it worked. It worked a little <I>too</I> well. Under the ever watchful eye of a mysteriously obsessed neighbor, Deborah must cope with the fallout from the situation, and it's a situation that doesn't want to go away. Drawn ever deeper into the parallel world inside the house, she must must unravel its threatening enigma in an effort to protect her family -as well as her own sanity. While strongly inspired by contemporary Asian horror films, <I>Dark Mirror</I> is also a creative reworking of the well-crafted <b><a href="http://community.flixster.com/movie/dead-ringer#!lsrc:GSR-MOV-Title" target="_blank" ><B><I>The Dark Mirror</I> (1946) with Olivia de Havilland</B></a></b>. For my money, The Dark Mirror, and <b><a href="http://community.flixster.com/movie/the-dark-mirror-1946#!lsrc:GSR-MOV-Title" target="_blank" > <B><I>Dead Ringer</I> (1964) with Bette Davis</B></a></b>, are the quintessential evil twin films. In Dark Mirror, Terry (de Havilland) or her twin sister commits murder. But which one? Nobody, not even us, can tell the twins apart. In Dead Ringer, Margaret (Davis) kills her twin sister for revenge and then assumes her identity. When she does so, the murder draws her into an even deeper, darker web of lies and intrigue. The evil twin idea has been around for a long time. In Egyptian mythology, the story of triplets Isis, Set and Osiris tells how a jealous Set rips his way out of the womb in order to be first-born, and eventually murders Osiris. Debatably, the idea may have even appeared in Beowulf. (VERY debatable.) At least one writer has proposed that specific language in the work suggests that Grendel is <b><a href="http://www.sfsu.edu/~medieval/Volume6/bruce.html" target="_blank" ><U>Beowolf's evil reflection.</U></a></b> More recently, the idea shows up in <b><a href="http://poestories.com/read/williamwilson" target="_blank" > <U>Edgar Allen Poe's short story "William Wilson" (read it here),</U></a></b> in Oscar Wilde's <I>Picture of Dorian Gray</I>, in Robert Louis Stevenson's <I>The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde</I>, and in <I>The Man In The Iron Mask</I> (1939). Other evil twins movies include the creepy British, <I>Goodbye Gemini</I> (1970), Hammer Production's <I>Twins Of Evil</I> (1971) and the surprisingly well written, <I>Doppleganger</I> (1993), with Drew Barrymore. <I>Dark Mirror</I> is not perfect. It contains some of the standard clichés. There is some awkwardly obvious exposition which is just <I>too</I> convenient to be believable. The business with the voyeuristic neighbor who knows more than she is telling is never really resolved to our satisfaction. Yet despite these flaws, <I>Dark Mirror</I> holds our attention and keeps us guessing. As such, <I>Dark Mirror</I> is made for horror fans who like imaginative stories that don't fit into the mainstream, and who are looking for something different.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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