The twenty-one-year-old Timothy "Tim" Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma where his father purportedly tortured and killed his mother before being killed himself by Tim. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has found through working at an auction house. She then steals the mirror and the reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from their childhood, going back to when his father Alan buys a mirror for the home office of their new family home. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At the end of the film, one of the police officers is played by Zak Jeffries, an actor who had appeared in Mike Flanagan's first three films that he made during his college years ('Makebelieve', 'Still Life' and 'The Ghosts of Hamilton Street'). One of the past victims of the mirror is named Oliver Jeffries which is the name of Zak's son. See more »
When Kaylie is showing to the camera the pictures of past murders, when she's showing the first pictures her red nail polish is peeled off and then when she moves on to the next pictures her red nail polish is fresh. See more »
I won't spoil anything, but for a haunted mirror movie, I found it VERY effective.
There are only really 6 people in the film. The parents, and the children at 2 different ages. The film is not really linear, and it took me a while to get the flow of the constant changing from today and yesterday. Once I got it, I found it very clever.
What impressed me the most, however, is that there is hardly any blood, no nudity, no profanity, no sex, no gore and it scared the crap out of me!
No, it doesn't reinvent the genre (can you even really do that with the haunted mirror genre?), but it is a well crafted, well acted movie that really kept my interest all the way through.
The young girl was especially effective.
The film starts off slow and methodical and really hits its stride about the half way mark.
We need more films like this. Smart, clever "little" films - a few characters, a few props and lots of chills and thrills.
Please see this!
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