on 15 March 2004
I bought this little gem for £4 from a small second hand shop, expecting another cheesy, terribly acted horror film that's good for a few laughs. I was pleasently surprised then, when I put the disk in my DVD player and became immersed for 90 minutes in this intriguing story.
There's already a plot synopsis above, so I won't go into that. What made this film stand out above others of the genre was the characters that it creates. In a similar way to the orginal Halloween, and Nightmare On Elm Street (to some extent), a large part of the film is spent getting to know the characters - who's good, who's bad, and consequently, when something happens to one of them, you do actually care. And the characters are actually quite good. Megan is suitably wierd, and the slightly stereotypical American high-school students aren't bad either. The actors are unlikely to win oscars for this film, but they're a lot better than most of the drivel that horror fans are fed.
The script writing is of similar quality: not up there with the best, but a long way indeed from the bottom. The script writer is no Shakespeare, but he's not someone's 12 year old nephew who's bored in his summer holidays, as seems likely in other films I have seen.
The closest comparison I can think of would have to be something like The Beyond or The House By The Cemetary by Lucio Fulci, with the ominous atmosphere, the lurking threat of something evil in the house, trying to break free. I haven't seen this film in any other shops, but hunt it down, because it's definately worth a few viewings.
on 30 June 2009
Mirror Mirror isn't really well known among horror fans but I thought it was a great and very underrated low budget horror film, it was very atmospheric and seemed typical of the late 80's horror films with the cheesy synthesizer music, which is not bad at all since I really love those type of films. The movie starts out back in the 30's. A young woman appears to have murdered her friend with an ominous looking mirror in the background. Now, skip to present day (1990), Megan and her mother have just moved into the same house in which that murder took place. The same ominous mirror is still in the house and instead of disposing of it, Megan has grown a liking to it. Now, Megan is a teenager and dresses like a goth kid so naturally she is tormented in the new school she is going to. But, she discovers that this mirror is giving her powers and her tolerance for the kids at school is wearing thin.
I know this description of the movie sounds a bit cheesy but you have to watch the movie to really catch the atmosphere. The camera angling is absolutely wonderful, the score is brilliant, the acting is okay (except Karen Black who is always welcome) and the special effects were O.K. considering that the film had a low budget and this movies strong point was its atmosphere. And the ending is quite original too. Some of the gore scene were nice and this film was definitely worth watching as I liked it alot. Best scene probably was the one where one of the girls in Megan's school gets her skin burned to death by the steam pipes in the shower. Mirror Mirror was definitely a surprise for me. I went in not expecting much, but I came out feeling satisfied at what turns out to be a fun little horror movie that definitely has some originality. The whole concept of the mirror making these wishes and thoughts a reality, only to gain more control over Megan, works quite effectively and is an original idea in itself. Sure, the whole idea of seeking revenge on those who have wronged you has been done over a million times, but Mirror Mirror is unique in its implementation. And of course, seeing the gruesome results to some of Megan's thoughts is sure to please most horror fans. I also enjoyed Megan's decent into this power hungry avenger, only to realize too late that she's been used by the mirror and that its not always going to do what she wants. Definitely an enjoyable movie, one that most horror fans will appreciate.
on 6 May 2014
I happened onto this movie and it has become a favourite of mine. The opening sequence is excellent, the characterisation is good. I am sorry that the makers of the film decided to go down the bare-breasted-death-in-a-hot-shower route, exploitative as it was, and possibly the weakest moment of the film, but the rest of the movie more than makes up for this. Karen Black is amazing, just as good as in Trilogy of Terror (another love), and if you can get over the amazing hair possessed by most of the characters (it's a very "big hair" movie, and that's for just the guys...) then you have something to enjoy. And when the mirror beast is finally revealed, it is not an anticlimax.
on 29 October 2008
Susan Gordon(Karen Black) and her teenage goth daughter Megan(the wonderfully named Rainbow Forest) move into a spooky old house that unknown to them has a bloody, evil history. Megan is drawn to an antique mirror in her bedroom and begs her mother to keep it. Meanwhile, at school Megan finds herself an outsider, ostracised and alienated. Then she finds out the true power the mirror has, a power that allows her to get a bloody revenge on her former tormentors.
This is an old fashioned, bloodless horror film, that relies on its atmosphere to carry it along. The performances are all good, but although it does have a couple of excellent set pieces it does drag a lot in between. Still, its an entertaining enough film, just a little bit too much like Carrie and others of that ilk. 3 out of 5