Sunday, 13 December 2009

Mirrors as a Portal to the Spirit World 2

To further my research on the use of mirrors as a type of gateway to the spirit world I have watched the film Mirrors, 2008.

It is a remake on the 2003 Korean film Into the Mirror. And I notice that the film has some noticeable features that resembled other films I have watched.
The mirrors in this film are used as a tool to trap the spirit, but it backfired. By trapping the spirit all the people who have mirrors are in danger.
When the film started it had the main character, Ben Carson portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland, starting his new job as a security guard of a burned down shopping mall. But while he was patrolling the building the mirrors then started to harass him by sending frightening images like people who are burning, hand prints that are done from the inside of a mirror and doors which are open in the mirror but are actually closed. The way the mirrors are harassing the main character is like how the house in the Haunting, 1963, harass the people who where living inside it. The film even have mannequins which I believe it was meant to give an uneasiness feeling like there some there but there is no one. While watching the film I also noticed that the film has three parts in it. The first part had Ben Carson in the burnt down shopping mall by himself, the second half had a race against time trying to find the person the mirrors were looking for before his family gets killed and the third part has him fighting a possessed nun. The last part sounds crazy but the mirrors wanted the nun because the mirrors are actually demons and she was their vessel.
This film had too many things going on but it was done in a gentle pace.
The only thing that bothered me was when the nun told the main character to leave her in the room where the demons left her body and went in to the mirrors and she is doing this for the Ben's family, yet when Ben first found her she didn't wanted to help. Only at gun point she decided to help.
This film was alright but it wasn't too interesting. It felt like I was watching the remake of the Haunting, but only the mirrors are moving and it didn't have anything too stupid.
Maybe next time I will watch the Korean film Into the Mirrors and maybe do a comparision between the two.

1 comment:

  1. I watched this film at the weekend too, I thought it was brilliant and much better than most modern horror films. I think the nun didn't want to return to the hospital, but when she was dragged there she decided to confront the demon on her own, but I agree that it wasn't explained too well.

    The main reason I watched this film is because Keither Sutherland is in it, who I really like from '24'. I half expected him to kidnap and torture someone or call up 'CTU' for backup half-way through the film, but it didn't happen.

    I didn't know it was a remake from the Korean film, I'll have to check that one out.