6.2/10
135
9 user 7 critic

Al otro lado del espejo (1973)

A nightclub singer is haunted by the ghost of her late father. The dead man summons her through a mirror, forcing her to commit a series of violent crimes.

Director:

Writers:

(story),
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two wealthy aristocrats lure a virginal girl to a Spanish island for a night of sex, death and cannibalism.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Alice Arno, Robert Woods, Howard Vernon
Eugénie (1973)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Eugenie, a beautiful but shy young girl, lives with her stepfather, a famous writer specializing in stories of erotica. One day she happens to read one of his "erotic" books and its power ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller, Andrea Montchal
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A girl arrives from London to visit her estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her ... See full summary »

Directors: Jesús Franco, Jean Rollin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Christina von Blanc, Britt Nichols, Rosa Palomar
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man is tormented by an ex-lover, Lorna, who is some kind of witch. She has a strange power over a number of women in the film, including the man's daughter, Linda.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Pamela Stanford, Guy Delorme, Lina Romay
Venus in Furs (1969)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: James Darren, Barbara McNair, Maria Rohm
Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A mineral is discovered which can turn metal to gold or humans into zombies. When the mineral is stolen, secret agents are sent in to get the mineral back!

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Fred Williams, Soledad Miranda, Horst Tappert
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His wife then seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After her recent release from a deep psychiatric care, a Libertine-styled countess goes back to very evil ways, trainer her sights on a pretty girl with the intention to destroy her after fully corrupting her body and soul.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Alice Arno, Robert Woods, Howard Vernon
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Horror mystery about the residents of a Louisiana castle who are being murdered by a masked killer. When the family arrives for the reading of Marion's will, his wife is strapped to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Alberto Dalbés, Evelyne Scott, William Berger
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Women's prison tale, with Lina Romay as Maria who is jailed after killing her father, played by director Jess Franco, who tries to rape her. Lesbian wardens, torture, nudity, sex, insanity and conspiracy round out the formula.

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn
99 Women (1969)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

New inmate Marie arrives at an island prison in the women's sector and receives the number 99. The inmates are controlled by the sadistic lesbian warden Thelma Diaz and Governor Santos and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi, Mercedes McCambridge
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emma Cohen ...
Ana Olivera / Annette Whitman
...
Bill (as Robert Wood)
Françoise Brion ...
Carla
Philippe Lemaire ...
Pipo
Alice Arno ...
Tina
Ramiro Oliveros ...
Miguel Ferrara / Michel
Howard Vernon ...
Ana's father
María Bassó ...
Elvira
Ada Tauler ...
Estefania - Bill's Wife (as Adela Tauler)
Roger Sarbib ...
Count Herman
Wal Davis ...
Arturo Barbour
...
Marie Madeleine Whitman (French version only)
Edit

Storyline

A nightclub singer is haunted by the ghost of her late father. The dead man summons her through a mirror, forcing her to commit a series of violent crimes.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Inside a Dark Mirror  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

In the end-credits of the Spanish version, Francoise Brion is credited as Carla and Alice Arno is credited as Tina but in the film, it's the other way around. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A review of the Italian version of this Franco feature
13 May 2016 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a Jess Franco film which seems to have garnered something of a good reputation amongst the vast array of his output. While I perused through the user reviews here I couldn't help but wonder if I had seen the same film, as from the plot synopsis offered by many of these I found there were several very key things I couldn't recall even happening on screen. I soon discovered that the reason for this is that there are three versions of this movie - the Spanish being the definitive cut it seems – and I saw the Italian variant which, like several other Franco films from the period had been turned into an adult film by way of some hardcore scenes being spliced into the flow. I think it would be only fair to guess that this version is not the best out there and compromises Franco's original vision somewhat.

The story is about a woman who goes into a downward psychological spiral after the suicide of her sister. She subsequently sees visions of her dead sibling which leads her to go out and murder men.

One of the chief differences between the versions is that in the Spanish one it is her dead father (played by Franco regular Howard Vernon) who she sees from beyond the grave, as opposed to her sister in the Italian version. This change seems to have been made principally to allow for the introduction of Lina Romay who, in her role as the sister, spends the whole time frolicking around naked and is at the centre of all the hardcore scenes too. These scenes, incidentally, are fairly half-heartedly executed and seem to be there simply as a means of selling the movie as an adult feature. However, unless I simply wasn't paying very good attention, this change also means that the whole mirror idea seems to have been more or less eradicated aside from a scene late on where it is smashed resulting in the breaking of the supernatural spell. Up to that point however, it seemed to me that all of this malarkey was going on in the head of the main actress, not playing out in an actual mirror! Despite these issues with the Italian version, this still made for interesting enough viewing. Despite its definite sexploitation angle, it is in essence quite a haunting tale. It's quite hard to reasonably categorize in actual fact because it has several feet in different sub-genres without truly focusing on one thread fully. I can only really comment on the version I have seen and going by that I couldn't put this in the upper bracket of Franco features; it's in the top half of his output though for sure. Like most of his films it has that rushed look and feel, while the production values are pretty limited. But it would seem that the Spanish version is the one to see if you want a proper reflection of this one's merits.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Al otro lado del espejo (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?