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Dark Mirror (2009)

Lisa Vidal , Lupe Ontiveros , Pablo Proenza  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lisa Vidal, Lupe Ontiveros, David Chisum, Christine Lakin, David Farkas
  • Directors: Pablo Proenza
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M36R4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Mirror" on IMDb

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Lisa Vidal of ER delivers a stunning performance as Deborah Martin, a former photographer turned stay-at-home mom who moves her family into a strange old house filled with cut-glass windows and mirrors. But when Deborah begins seeing chilling visions within the reflections, she will become obsessed with trying to capture the truth behind the house s dark secret. Has Deborah accidentally discovered an alternate reality that unleashes a homicidal evil, or is she trapped within the terrifying recesses of the female mind? David Chisum (One Life To Live), Lupe Ontiveros (Real Women Have Curves) and Christine Lakin (Valentine) star in this provocative horror thriller with a killer twist that became a smash hit on IFC Festival Direct.

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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does it go with my dark curtains? September 21, 2009
First time director, Pablo Proenza brings a dash originality and a nice hint of film making skill to 2009's independent thriller, Dark Mirror. A film about a lonely house wife Deborah (Lisa Vidal) that is going through the motions of moving into a huge new house and spending most of her time alone in it while her husband Jim (David Chisum)is away at work. All of this alone time gives Deborah a little too much time spent in her own head, and after she takes a photo of her bathroom mirror, she begins seeing things around her house that cause her to question her sanity. It's not the most original of stories,but you will find yourself engaged in this tale either way. There is some very solid acting, mainly from Vidal, who's Deborah character caries the film on her shoulders, and Vidal is quite capable of carrying the heavy load. When Chism is on screen, he brings some solid game too, and some of the best scenes involve interaction between Deborah and Jim, as they have some great back and forth banter guided by some witty and well written dialogue.

There is some impressive film making to be found at times throughout Dark Mirror. Shot on Super 16, it is a crisp looking film considering it is very low budget, the camerawork is solid with a feeling of claustrophobia as you are trapped in the house along side the Deborah character. There is also some very cool and different looking visual effects to portray the supernatural aspects of Dark Mirror, and one of the cooler effects is when Deborah takes the photo of the bathroom mirror and it has a ripple effect with a constant flash from her camera's flash bulb as it goes throughout the mirror's multiple dimensions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Polanski kind of scary... September 22, 2009
Dark Mirror is one best horror flicks of 2009! It's scary but not the usual, banal 'blood and gore' scary - it's a Polanski kind of scary, a thinking person's horror film. The performances are fantastic and Lisa Vidal is mesmerizing. The scene in the bathroom where she's trying to convince her husband something is wrong with the house is absolutely brilliant - the kind of scene that is truly unforgettable, in that wonderfully unsettling way. Curious to see what this director does next because his talent really shines through despite the limitations of a presumably small budget. I think horror fans will definitely dig this flick - but I also think anyone who likes creative and intelligent filmmaking will appreciate it as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric but without a horror punch November 7, 2009
This movie centers around a photographer who moves into a new home (with her family), then comes to believe that by photographing someone, that person will soon die. Obviously, there are questions of real cause and effect, insanity, reality, etc. The movie is generally well done, good production values, high image quality, etc., such that it feels high-ish budget (and that's a compliment). The mood throughout is creepy, and almost relentlessly so, never abating to anything else. The problem though, is that the film is never really scary. Sequences occur in which I think the director intended to elicit a scare among the audience, but it fails to do so in every scene. Not sure exactly why, but the climactic build just didn't work, and I do scare fairly easily. Bottom line, its a worthy rental, just don't expect an earth shattering horror.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 'cause, oh, we haven't seen THIS a million times. January 19, 2011
Dark Mirror (Pablo Proenza, 2009)

I've been sitting here all day writing good-to-great reviews of things like The Maltese Falcon and Black Swan, so it's almost a relief to get to a film that I can without reservation call a pathetic piece of crap. And I readily admit that this is not nearly as bad a movie as that would make it out to be; it's paling in comparison to the company it's been keeping on my retinas. It's not the worst movie I watched that weekend, even (that would be the execrable 2008 remake of It's Alive), but it's derivative, badly-acted and -directed and all-around silly. You deserve better than this. Give me a few and I'll tell you how you can get it.

Deborah Martin (Star Trek's Lisa Vidal) is a former photographer who gave up her career to get married and start a family. The batch of them, Deborah, husband Jim (Flight of the Living Dead's David Chisum), and son Ian (Joshua Pelegrin in his first and, to date, last big-screen role), are moving out to the country to get away from it all. They look at an endless succession of houses, but there's one that they step into, and immediately Deborah is taken with it. (You've heard this before, right?) After dithering on so many other houses, when she says "we'll take it", Jim is thrilled he can finally stop looking at houses, and they do. Deborah soon learns that the house was originally inhabited by a reclusive, possibly crazy, painter who may or may not have killed his entire family and hidden them somewhere in the house. More importantly, their spirits may be trapped in the house's mirrors. (You've heard this before, right?)

It gets better. The big twist ending has been done to death. In fact, the movie is often compared, and never favorably, to a classic flick that has the same twist ending.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even close to creepy
Amateur acting. Bad dialogue. And the "scary parts" don't make any sense. Don't waste your money
Published 1 month ago by Dione
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies
This movie kept me in suspense. I first saw this movie on TV. It was so good I had to purchase it to watch it again.
Published 6 months ago by Janice Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars another great movie
a great thriller and I love a good thriller. I have seen this movie so many times on tv and when I saw it on DVD I had to get it.
Published 6 months ago by dottie
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mirror
Not going to give the story line away (as many do) but can say is worth what is charged to view this movie. I am the sort if I do not like will just click right off. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Classic City Cockatiels
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
Offers more questions than answers. Lead actress is not terribly sympathetic. Twist ending has been done before. Low-res SD image doesn't help either.
Published 8 months ago by Johnny Travers
2.0 out of 5 stars Mirror mirror on the wall.....oh why bother
The beginning looked promising (although the transfer itself appears kinda cheap and at one point the dubbing was off) while the ending probably goes in a completely different... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Wiz
3.0 out of 5 stars If You Are Bored...
If you have nothing to do, you might mildly enjoy this movie. It is not the worst movie I have ever watched, but it is far from the best that I have seen.
Published 9 months ago by JCW
2.0 out of 5 stars On and on and on and on
The book started out well, but then quickly bogged down with long unnecessary history lessons and details that after a while were just boring boring boring. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. White
1.0 out of 5 stars I have no review...
Couldn't get it to play on three different anything!!! Money's hard to come by and this is our gift to our 17 & 15 year old kids and our family time together. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hotmess
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mirror is very dark indeed
Loved all the reflections every time she looked in the mirror and lots of turns and twists. Especially, the twist at the end of the story.
Published 17 months ago by Kathleen Sekanina
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