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Dark Mirror [DVD]

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Lisa Vidal , David Chisum , Pablo Proenza    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, Joshua Pelegrin, Lupe Ontirveros, Christine Lakin
  • Directors: Pablo Proenza
  • Producers: Erin Ploss-Campoamor
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RO8WQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Horror movie in which a photographer and her family move to an old house whose mirrors reveal strange images to the camera. Deborah Martin (Lisa Vidal) is so taken by a grand old house that she convinces her husband, Jim (David Chisum), and son, Ian (Joshua Pelegrin), to move there. Naturally, Deborah photographs the house avidly after they move in, through both personal and professional interest. However, while looking through the photos she notices that something is strange about the bathroom mirror and soon finds herself drawn into an unexpected world of fear and danger...

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Director: Right, your brief is to scour the land far and wide to find me a lead character so dislikeable and devoid of redeeming features that the audience finds it impossible to care what happens to her.

Casting Director: Sure thing boss, leave it to me.

Seriously, i'm not sure if this was a deliberate casting decision but the plucky 'heroine' of the story is such a cold fish who spends most of the film giving her husband and son the cold shoulder. Imagine, if you will, you forgot to buy your partner a present or card for their birthday/anniversary/Valentine's day. Now imagine that look on their face as they realise what a cad you are for being so unthoughtful. I think you can see where i'm going with this...

Brief synopsis as follows; family, including cold-fish wife (to be known now as CFW) with a penchant for photography move into new home. Previous couple vanished without trace. CFW decides randomly to take a photo of herself while looking in the bathroom mirror. This sets off some otherworld spirit who kills anyone she takes a photo of. Honorable mention goes to the next-door neighbour (dumb, vacuous blonde) who is either that specious in real life or a very good actress; either way she certainly vies for top-spot with CFW in the most annoying film character. It's a tough call. Plus the husband seems to wander in and out of the film at will (he works. a lot. apparently) so I couldn't care less what happened to him either.

To be fair, Dark Mirror had the makings of a decent plot but it lacked cohesion and lacked explanation to the point that I cruised through the last 30 minutes idly wondering whether to file my CDs in alphabetical or chronological order next (not to mention the lacklustre cast).
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2.0 out of 5 stars You feel bored 14 Aug 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film was very slow got bored
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  24 reviews
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does it go with my dark curtains? 21 Sep 2009
By Matthew House - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
First time director, Pablo Proenza brings a dash originality and a nice hint of film making skill to 2009's independent thriller, Dark Mirror. A film about a lonely house wife Deborah (Lisa Vidal) that is going through the motions of moving into a huge new house and spending most of her time alone in it while her husband Jim (David Chisum)is away at work. All of this alone time gives Deborah a little too much time spent in her own head, and after she takes a photo of her bathroom mirror, she begins seeing things around her house that cause her to question her sanity. It's not the most original of stories,but you will find yourself engaged in this tale either way. There is some very solid acting, mainly from Vidal, who's Deborah character caries the film on her shoulders, and Vidal is quite capable of carrying the heavy load. When Chism is on screen, he brings some solid game too, and some of the best scenes involve interaction between Deborah and Jim, as they have some great back and forth banter guided by some witty and well written dialogue.

There is some impressive film making to be found at times throughout Dark Mirror. Shot on Super 16, it is a crisp looking film considering it is very low budget, the camerawork is solid with a feeling of claustrophobia as you are trapped in the house along side the Deborah character. There is also some very cool and different looking visual effects to portray the supernatural aspects of Dark Mirror, and one of the cooler effects is when Deborah takes the photo of the bathroom mirror and it has a ripple effect with a constant flash from her camera's flash bulb as it goes throughout the mirror's multiple dimensions.

Overall, Dark Mirror is a solid afternoon supernatural thriller, that is worth a look for what it achieves with its meager budget. Outside of the great opening scene (that I will keep to myself!), there's almost no violence in the film, nor is there much blood spilt, and while some of the deaths are a little on the weak side, Dark Mirror is enjoyable for a number of reasons. While I enjoyed this movie, and I am a dude, I would feel comfortable in saying that Dark Mirror is a film that may be great for woman, as it covers themes that many women in Deborah's position can relate to.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Polanski kind of scary... 22 Sep 2009
By J. A. Pittman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Dark Mirror is one best horror flicks of 2009! It's scary but not the usual, banal 'blood and gore' scary - it's a Polanski kind of scary, a thinking person's horror film. The performances are fantastic and Lisa Vidal is mesmerizing. The scene in the bathroom where she's trying to convince her husband something is wrong with the house is absolutely brilliant - the kind of scene that is truly unforgettable, in that wonderfully unsettling way. Curious to see what this director does next because his talent really shines through despite the limitations of a presumably small budget. I think horror fans will definitely dig this flick - but I also think anyone who likes creative and intelligent filmmaking will appreciate it as well.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but without a horror punch 8 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie centers around a photographer who moves into a new home (with her family), then comes to believe that by photographing someone, that person will soon die. Obviously, there are questions of real cause and effect, insanity, reality, etc. The movie is generally well done, good production values, high image quality, etc., such that it feels high-ish budget (and that's a compliment). The mood throughout is creepy, and almost relentlessly so, never abating to anything else. The problem though, is that the film is never really scary. Sequences occur in which I think the director intended to elicit a scare among the audience, but it fails to do so in every scene. Not sure exactly why, but the climactic build just didn't work, and I do scare fairly easily. Bottom line, its a worthy rental, just don't expect an earth shattering horror.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 'cause, oh, we haven't seen THIS a million times. 19 Jan 2011
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Dark Mirror (Pablo Proenza, 2009)

I've been sitting here all day writing good-to-great reviews of things like The Maltese Falcon and Black Swan, so it's almost a relief to get to a film that I can without reservation call a pathetic piece of crap. And I readily admit that this is not nearly as bad a movie as that would make it out to be; it's paling in comparison to the company it's been keeping on my retinas. It's not the worst movie I watched that weekend, even (that would be the execrable 2008 remake of It's Alive), but it's derivative, badly-acted and -directed and all-around silly. You deserve better than this. Give me a few and I'll tell you how you can get it.

Deborah Martin (Star Trek's Lisa Vidal) is a former photographer who gave up her career to get married and start a family. The batch of them, Deborah, husband Jim (Flight of the Living Dead's David Chisum), and son Ian (Joshua Pelegrin in his first and, to date, last big-screen role), are moving out to the country to get away from it all. They look at an endless succession of houses, but there's one that they step into, and immediately Deborah is taken with it. (You've heard this before, right?) After dithering on so many other houses, when she says "we'll take it", Jim is thrilled he can finally stop looking at houses, and they do. Deborah soon learns that the house was originally inhabited by a reclusive, possibly crazy, painter who may or may not have killed his entire family and hidden them somewhere in the house. More importantly, their spirits may be trapped in the house's mirrors. (You've heard this before, right?)

It gets better. The big twist ending has been done to death. In fact, the movie is often compared, and never favorably, to a classic flick that has the same twist ending. It's also been done more recently in two excellent movies, and I'm not even considering the genre classic that started it all, and the almost-as-excellent homage to it that came out thirty years later. (I'm avoiding names in order to avoid spoilers; if you want to know the films I'm talking about, they'll be at the bottom of the review after spoiler space.) As well as, naturally, any number of dozens of movies that have tried it and failed miserably. This is only one of a huge crop. It doesn't help that few of the actors in this movie are any good, and those who are are relegated to stereotype roles at best (Lupe Ontiveros is the most visible member of this cast in that regard). Writer/director Pablo Proenza was working on his first feature-length movie. He's not an awful director, and maybe if he'd had some original material and a few decent actors to work with, he might have come up with something worthwhile. This ain't it. **

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For the record, and if this roster doesn't give away the twist ending, then I can't help you.

"In fact, the movie is often compared, and never favorably, to a classic flick that has the same twist ending." (Roman Polanski's Repulsion.) "It's also been done more recently in two excellent movies," (I'm thinking specifically of Naboer and Black Swan, though I'm sure you can come up with half a dozen others) "and I'm not even considering the genre classic that started it all, and the almost-as-excellent homage to it that came out thirty years later." (Psycho, of course, and Jodorowsky's Santa Sangre.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mirror 4 Mar 2013
By krbbrk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This had an interesting storyline. I was able to guess where it was going and I wasn't surprised. It kept moving, so you don't get bored. If you are not a hard core horror fan, you would probably like this one. There isn't much gore and it's scary for some. I would say it's ok. One part, and I won't be a spoiler, was different and worked well. I missed it altogether so that is a good thing.
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