Friday, September 18, 2009


Attempting to pick up his life after shooting an undercover cop, former police officer Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland) takes a job as a night watchman at a once famous, now derelict department store called the Mayflower. But like the previous guard, he begins seeing horrifying images in the store's ornate mirrors, that eventually threaten him and his family and send him on a mission to unravel the secrets of the building's haunted past.

Like any good horror movie, this one plays on our primal fears. In this case, the fear of our darker side, made manifest in magic mirrors. For me, the movie is most successful when it sticks to that and terrifies with the more subtle and simple effects such as the mirror image moving differently than the person looking into the mirror. Others, however, may be more scared by the gory make-up of creatures, dead things, and graphic murders. Either way, I think the special effects for this film were very well done and quite effective. It certainly made me think twice about walking in front of the mirror late at night. It may be a little slower than horror movie fans like, but I appreciated the time spent on making me care about the Ben Carson and his family. The revelation of the cause of the haunting wasn't particularly original and seemed a bit disconnected, but worked fine for the movie. I found Mirrors to be a better than expected horror movie with some believable acting.

I didn't know this was a remake of a 2003 Korean horror flick called Geoul Sokeuro which I'd now very much like to see it. Generally speaking, I find the original Asian horror movies to be far more creepy than their American remakes, which tend to go for shock and gore, rather than spine chilling, creepy shudders.

This DVD had the R rated theatrical cut and an unrated version, neither of which are appropriate for children.

Reserve your copy of the DVD.

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