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Dark Mirror [DVD]

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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: 44,848 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 By Mr. J. Ryden on 13 Sep 2012
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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This film was very slow got bored
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the darkness of the mirrors 7 Sep 2012
By B. E Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Dark Mirror is a pretty decent horror film but there's definitely several really unforgivably lackluster moments that prevent it from being more intense. It's about a photographer that soon realizes every time she snaps a photo of somebody, they either disappear or become murdered. Is it just a coincidence?

Some of these events are unbelievable. Her neighbor is a carefree exhibitionist? What? Her personality was just bizarre. I had to laugh whenever the two women would have conversations because they were two VERY different women. Anyway the exhibitionist woman probably isn't as bizarre as the photographer however- the photographer constantly has really horrible nightmares and visions involving bloody deaths, and the scene with the woman in the parking lot making severe threats towards the photographer for apparently hitting her car is another unusual piece of exaggerated writing that didn't quite make sense given its placement in the storyline (near the beginning).

A tacky piece of writing comes near the beginning when the photographer and her mother are having an in-depth conversation about mirrors and that her house was apparently blessed for having protective mirrors. Something about demons being drawn to mirrors, getting sucked in and not being able to escape. This whole scene just destroyed the horror effect and brought forward an unforgivable degree of tackiness instead. That's NOT what the writers were going for either but that's the way it came across.

To make matters more confusing, the photographer woman apparently has delusional problems and sees things that aren't really happening (or sees images in the mirror- these are the scary parts). Without spoiling some key moments, this would satisfyingly explain the awkwardness the first time she walks into the house and sees her mom in the kitchen. The entire 10 minutes that ends the film is really spectacular and wraps up all the strange events nicely, and this is the *only* reason I'm giving the movie 4 stars.

Overall, not a bad film but it has a few shortcomings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat suspensful but very cheesy 4 Aug 2011
By StillWaters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
There were some scenes that were done well enough that it creeps you out and is definitely suspenseful. Unfortunately, there are many more scenes that are poorly done and just plain annoying or cheesy. The mystery of the house, the history of the house, the windows and the caped person were better aspects of the film.

Some scenes were overdone, such as the scene where the woman is banging on her window. They are obviously trying to put the focus on the main character's "confusion" while having the woman banging the window in the background, but all I kept thinking when I saw it was that it was so stupid that she was banging on the window like that. She was overreacting and it did not seem realistic at all in my opinion. Some scenes were fake looking and others were just silly. I was really interested in the people she took pictures of ending up missing, but in the end there is not really an adequate reason as to why this happened.

The main character was very annoying, and frankly, just acted stupid throughout the movie. I got the feeling they were trying to make it into this situation where we are caught up in the main character's confusion and identifying with her, but I found it hard to do that because I was distracted by her annoying actions. She finds a painting of what looks like a dead naked woman and what does she do? Hangs it on the wall. I am also a little sick of movies portraying women main characters as having a son that she is very attached to (what is with this? The Ring, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Double Jeopardy, just to name a few). Not to mention the whole "evil ghost" thing. It is interesting to watch but it is certainly not one of the better thrillers out there.
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