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An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

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Larry Byrne
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Dr. Morris
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Rosa (as Doina Aida Stan)
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Jimmy Esseker
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In New York, the former NYPD detective Ben Carson is hired to work as night watch of the remains of the Mayflower Department Store that was partially destroyed by fire many years ago. Ben became alcoholic and was retired from the police force after killing a man in a shooting. His marriage was also destroyed and now he is living in the apartment of his younger sister Angie. However he has not been drinking for three months and sees the employment as a chance to rebuild his life. When he goes to the rounds in his first night, he finds that the mirrors are impeccably clean and his colleague explains that the former night watch was obsessed by the mirrors. After a couple of nights, Ben sees weird images in the mirrors, but due to the lack of credibility of his past, his ex-wife Amy believes he has hallucinations as a side effect of his medication. When Angie is found brutally murdered in her bathtub, Ben discovers that there is an evil force in the mirror that is chasing him and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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mirror | medication | fire | evil | reality | See more »

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There Is Evil........On The Other Side See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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15 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Into the Mirror  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£834,092 (UK) (10 October 2008)

Gross:

$30,691,439 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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Grégory Levasseur had to fill in as director for the scene where Kiefer Sutherland thinks he's on fire as Alexandre Aja had to leave urgently. His wife had just gone into premature labor. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) Anna Esseker is sent to the monastery after being release from the mental hospital because mirrors are forbidden there. But when Ben Carson visits her, she is wearing a ring to show her commitment to the religion, the ring is clearly very reflective. See more »

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[first lines]
Gary Lewis: [after opening window and seeing that it doesn't lead anywhere] Oh fuck!
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The opening logos are backwards See more »

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Followed by Mirrors 2 (2010) See more »

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Surprisingly effective horror films!
1 December 2009 | by (Durham, NC USA) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's because I only heard bad things about this film. Practically every review said "disappointing," "skip it," etc.

So I got the DVD not really knowing what to think. I really liked Haute Tension and I like Kiefer Sutherland. Though the trailer made this look like Jack Bauer and Kim stop a mirror terrorist attack.

But once the opening credits started (with that great pre-credit scene), I was hooked.

Never once was I bored, and there were quite a few times I jumped out of my seat.

Maybe others figured out what the plot was all about, but it took me by surprise.

I found the film eerie, suspenseful, scary and well directed and acted.

And that house! not since Event Horizon have I see a production design so impressive! It was like another actor in the film. The people behind that work deserves an Academy Award, in my opinion.

I also loved the ending. Very un-Hollywood and while in retrospect it probably didn't make a lot of sense, somehow it 'felt' right to me.

All in all, I found this a refreshing take on a horror film... and considering the villain was a piece of glass, It think everyone did a great job.

Not sure why others didn't like it as much as I did, but all I can say I found it a very satisfying experience, and will probably watch it again one day.


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