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Mirror Mirror (1990)

A teenage girl begins receiving black magic power through an antique mirror that drips blood, not realizing the mirror is controlled by demonic forces.

Director:

Marina Sargenti

Writers:

Annette Cascone (screenplay), Gina Cascone (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Susan Gordon
Yvonne De Carlo ... Emelin
William Sanderson ... Mr. Veze
Rainbow Harvest ... Megan Gordon
Kristin Dattilo ... Nikki Chandler
Ricky Paull Goldin ... Ron
Charlie Spradling ... Charleen Kane (as Charlie)
Tom Bresnahan ... Jeff (as Tom Breznahan)
Dorit Sauer ... Kim
Ann Hearn ... Mrs. Perlili
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mr. Anderson
Pamela Perfili Pamela Perfili ... P.E. Teacher
Scott Campbell ... Class Smart Aleck
Traci Lee Gold Traci Lee Gold ... Mary Weatherworth
Michelle Gold Michelle Gold ... Elizabeth Weatherworth
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Storyline

Shy teenager Megan moves to a new town with her widowed mother and quickly becomes the most unpopular girl in high school. But when she starts to communicate with a mysterious mirror, her tormentors begin to meet with a horrifying series of 'accidents'. Is the mirror a reflection of Megan's own inner demons... or has she unwittingly opened the doorway of the damned? Written by The Voyeur

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A Shocking Reflection Of Evil In The Tradition Of Carrie and Heathers See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Zelda Rubenstein was slated to Star in the film, but dropped out for unspecified reasons. See more »

Goofs

When Ron sees Nikki in the bathtub and rushes over to pull her out, it is obvious that his jeans are already wet, despite the fact that he hasn't even reached the water yet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Touching You at Night
Music and lyrics by Jimmy Lifton and Bruce Nazarian
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Reflecting the inner-demon.
3 July 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Where credit is due, 'Mirror, Mirror' is a hot and steamy little Gothic horror oddity that won't blow you away from its originality, but by confident performances (headed by the likable Karen Black and Yvonne De Carlo) and director Marina Sargenti's presentably moody handling which simply builds towards the ghastly shocks. The script is standard, but its focus on an outcast's passage through school-life remains stimulating… no matter how many times we've come across it before. This can be attributed to the sincere acting of Rainbow Harvest (as the shy Goth girl who has a striking resemblance to a 'Beetlejuice' star Wino Ryder), Kristin Dattilo and the buxom Charlie Spradling as the stuck-up bully. Then revenge is served, as those you get in Harvest's way… bites the dust in many unexpected ways.

Megan and her mother arrive at their new home and a mirror (which did belong to the original residents) in Megan's bedroom catches her attention. Starting school isn't easy, and she's made fun of instantly. Her anger is soon picked up by the mysterious mirror, which suddenly gives her the ability to cause some 'accidents'. Soon she begins to pick on these things and virtually it takes control of Megan, which would go on to hurt those who she cares for.

The low-key back-story could have been a little clearer about the supernatural link (but the conclusion holds a witty touch), and the story could have been tighten since it dragged on too long. The low-budget look didn't stop the atmospheric camera-work (like POV from the mirror) and lighting being effective. Sargenti stylishly uses slow motion efficiently, and crafts some lasting scenes (some bloody and cringe-like scenes) and the eerie flight of the shady score works trumps.

Very passable horror feature.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Orphan Eyes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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