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Mirrors (2008)

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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.


Alexandre Aja


Alexandre Aja (screenplay), Grégory Levasseur (screenplay) (as Gregory Levasseur) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Ben Carson
Paula Patton ... Amy Carson
Cameron Boyce ... Michael Carson
Arika Gluck ... Daisy Carson (as Erica Gluck)
Amy Smart ... Angela Carson
Mary Beth Peil ... Anna Esseker
John Shrapnel ... Lorenzo Sapelli
Jason Flemyng ... Larry Byrne
Tim Ahern ... Dr. Morris
Julian Glover ... Robert Esseker
Josh Cole Josh Cole ... Gary Lewis
Ezra Buzzington ... Terrence Berry
Aida Doina Aida Doina ... Rosa (as Doina Aida Stan)
Ioana Abur Ioana Abur ... Front Desk Sister
Darren Kent ... Jimmy Esseker


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 with 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Paula Patton was cast because director Alexandre Aja and producer Grégory Levasseur had previously considered her for their production P2 (2007). See more »


(at around 26 mins) Ben dusts himself down after the fire scene, and rubs his shirt down to make sure he isn't burned. If he was rubbing a clean white shirt with a bleeding hand that wasn't bandaged yet, he should get blood all over his shirt, but he doesn't. See more »


[first lines]
Gary Lewis: [after opening window and seeing that it doesn't lead anywhere] Oh fuck!
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos are backwards See more »

Alternate Versions

UK theatrical version was cut by distributor Fox to secure a more commercial '15' rating. The edits included the removal of a blood splash in the opening throat slashing, shots of a burned and partially naked woman screaming, shots of a woman's jaw being torn apart, and close-ups of a neck being cut with scissors. The DVD was upgraded to an '18' certificate and features the full uncut print. See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.72 (2009) See more »


Composed by Isaac Albéniz (as Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz i Pascual)
Arranged by Javier Navarrete
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User Reviews

Thrills, chills, and scary scenes directed by expert Alexandre Aja
15 February 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A former policeman and nowadays alcoholic named Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) who inadvertently brought the death during a face off with an outlaw, has quit the police force . Now heads up security at Mayflower Department Store that was destroyed by deadly fire in which deceased 23 dead and 78 wounds, he's an employee of the security company who finds alone with the scorched mannequins . Having been caught up in the situation at the department store he watch stuff reflected in glass. Then the spirits trapped behind the mirrors flee and attack his sister (Amy Smart), wife (Paula Patton) and sons. Ben comes across his former partner (Jason Flemyng) who now heads the investigation into the recent murders to chase the criminal. The presence of the weird events and the eerie situations causes Ben to relive the horrendous memories which he has since tried to forget. Meanwhile, Carson is hurrying to solve the recent string of killings . As he discovers how a mysterious nun , once-possessed named Anna Esseker is also found lingering about the crime scenes and she tells him about an asylum where seriously ill patients were subjected to mirror-based shock treatment. Without wishing it, Carson is drawn farther and farther into the deep mystery surrounding the astonishing deaths.

Alexandre's Aja remake of a Korean movie titled ¨Into the mirror¨ is made in American style. It packs,tension,suspense,chills,horror and lot of blood and gore including slitting the throat,attempted rage, slicing ,stabbing, all courtesy of Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger. They create a creepy make-up of horrible and bloody images. The gutsy murders are gruesomely executed and equally as graphic as the original movie.The film is constituted by a well done terror set pieces with creepy and spooky atmosphere.The mirrors's reflections appearance deliver the goods with hair raising chills and full scares.The story is borrowing from the original Korean film , taking and ripping off numerous scenes. Thrilling musical score by Javier Navarrete including a leitmotif based on a Spanih classical music and appropriate cinematography by cameraman Maxime Alexandre. The motion picture is skillfully directed by Alexandre Aja, though with no originality because it is a simple reworking . Aja is an expert on terror genre as proved in the new version of ¨The Hill have eyes¨ and ¨Switchblade romance¨ also titled ¨High tension¨ and in post-production realizing ¨Piraña 3D¨. .The film isn't apt for little boys,neither squeamish.

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USA | Romania | Germany



Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the Mirror See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,161,074, 17 August 2008

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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