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

Director:

Alexandre Aja

Writers:

Alexandre Aja (screenplay), Grégory Levasseur (screenplay) (as Gregory Levasseur) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

... gnulegeipS redej retnih treual neuarG saD (German, backwards: The evil lurks behind every reflection ...) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Since this was the feature film debut of Cameron Boyce, and he was only 9-10 during production, his dad said that he wasn't allowed to watch the film at the time. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) In the end when Ben's wife tries to provide oxygen to her son through her mouth so that he may start breathing. A doll is there instead of Ben's son when Ben's wife lips are attached with her son's lips. See more »

Quotes

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

After the end of the credits, the title appears, but 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 »


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Asturias
Composed by Isaac Albéniz (as Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz i Pascual)
Arranged by Javier Navarrete
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Surprisingly effective horror films!
1 December 2009 | by fritzlangSee 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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Country:

USA | Romania | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the Mirror See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,161,074, 17 August 2008

Gross USA:

$30,691,439

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,094,714
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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