Dark Mirror (2007 film)

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Dark Mirror, AKA Shut In (2007 film)

Summary

"Behind the reflection is what you fear most." Something is just not right about the house photographer Deborah and her family have just moved into. Deborah blames the place after a number of unsettling things occur. Not only does she believe their neighbors are spying on her, but everyone she photographs mysteriously dies soon after. When she finds a strange book of drawings in the house, she begins to unravel even more. The question is whether this new home is haunted, or if Deborah is simply going insane.

Details

  • Release Date: 2007
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: Modern USA
  • Runtime: 1 hr 26 min
  • Starring: Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, Joshua Pelegrin
  • Director: Pablo Proenza
  • Writer: Pablo Proenza, Matthew Reynolds
  • Producer/Production Co: Cut Glass Productions LLC
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to PG-13 for mild Violence and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • James Gracey at Watching Horror Films from Behind the Couch, (link) - "While Dark Mirror doesn't exactly break a lot of new ground, it is still a thoroughly decent thriller with an intriguing central mystery that benefits from often strikingly beautiful and odd camera work. As it reaches its increasingly fraught climax, there are more than a few moments of atmospheric intensity, while the tragic and ambiguous ending proves hauntingly effective...."
  • HorrorNews dotnet, (link) - "...When all was said and done I still enjoyed the story, the action, the performances, the visuals, and I thought the final wrap-up was very cool in a Polanski-esque, mindf*ck sorta way...."


Synopsis

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Something is just not right about the house photographer Deborah and her family have just moved into. Deborah blames the place after a number of unsettling things occur. Not only does she believe their neighbors are spying on her, but everyone she photographs mysteriously dies soon after. When she finds a strange book of drawings in the house, she begins to unravel even more. The question is whether this new home is haunted, or if Deborah is simply going insane.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

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Keeper Notes

  • The investigators become entangled in a strange "locked room" murder investigation in which a woman murdered her family and then vanished without a trace with their bodies; the only clues to what happened are a trail of blood that ends at a blank wall, and a diary which describes a doorway that can only be seen in a mirror's reflection, and a complicated and impossible map of a labyrinth of corridors in the house which should not exist...