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Behind the Mirror (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 9 October 2015 (Cyprus)
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A traumatized writer moves to upstate New York with his family, but when hostile townspeople invade his privacy and a cunning shaman manipulates him, his life spirals out of control.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Hopkins ... Xavier Wayson
Daniela Mastropietro ... Sandra Wayson
Nando Del Castillo Nando Del Castillo ... James
Flint Beverage ... Abe Telford
Demosthenes Chrysan ... Gregory Zafferano
Johnny Serret ... Ralph Harman
Emmanuel Giusti Emmanuel Giusti ... Dominik
Linda Blackstock Linda Blackstock ... Mayor Martha Brigham
Vanessa Kai ... Dr. Rezniak
Cordell Stahl Cordell Stahl ... Father Bradley
Ed Bergtold ... Garden Bar Manager
Heidi Philipsen ... Linda Telford
Alexander Cape Alexander Cape ... Clay
Jared McGuire Jared McGuire ... Danny
Emily Shoolin Emily Shoolin ... Flora


Xavier (Matt Hopkins) is a traumatized writer who has recently moved to the town of New Rome with his wife, Sandra (Daniela Mastropietro), and their two children for a new start in life. When the locals begin to harass him over his objections to the real-estate development on the riverbank, Xavier lashes out. The situation becomes aggravated when he meets a stranger, who lures him into a series of shamanic sessions involving hallucinogens, forcing him to confront his demons. In the process a shadow self is born, whose influence Xavier has a hard time controlling. As the pressure from his surroundings mounts, Xavier spirals out of control, leading to a dramatic confrontation with the people around him. Written by Nicolas D. Sampson

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Find yourself. Lose your mind.


Drama | Thriller


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The story of Behind The Mirror pays subtle tribute to Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Kerouac's On The Road, and Bukowski's Dinosauria We. See more »


Xavier Wayson: You and you ilk have torn my world apart and set it on fire, and now I'm going to do the same thing to you.
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Stepping Out of the Shadows
Song Written and Arranged by Rick Surrano
Performed by Johnny Moon and Starz
Used by Kind Permission
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Behind the Mirror: What in the blue hell was that supposed to be?
12 June 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Behind the Mirror started promisingly enough, some good characterization, it looks decent and I thought this may be an interesting horror.

Horror, thats right as that is what this was advertised as. Let me assure you it isn't, it's a drama and not a very dramatic one at that.

It tells the story of a family who move from the city to the country. The father is a writer suffering from several layers of poor mental health and this is exacerbated by the hostile intolerant locals and a mysterious shaman who befriends him.

With bizzare cut away scenes, a plodding pace and all round unlikeable plot I don't actually see quite what they were going for here. Regardless it doesn't work and the result is a slow, grindy mess with little substance and no point.

The Good:

Looks the part

The Bad:

Plot is just a mess

Cut away scenes are terrible

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

If movies are to be believed there is a definite connection between writers and insanity

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Release Date:

9 October 2015 (Cyprus) See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, New York, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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