Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mirror Mirror

Watched April 14, 2013

Starring: Rainbow Harvest, Karen Black, Kristin Dattilo, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson.

I had watched this a couple years ago then gave it to Jen when I did my big moving VHS purge. Well it came around again and was pretty enjoyable.

Megan ( Rainbow Harvest) is a Lydia Deetz clone who has just moved with her mom ( Karen Black) into a new house after the sudden death of her father. The house has a mysterious past that includes a murder that left the house abandoned. All the furniture in the house was bought by an antique shop, they took everything except for a freestanding wood mirror. In the articles taken from the house there is a diary. The antique shop owner Emelin (Yvonne De Carlo) begins to read the diary and discovers that there was a demon in the mirror and the young woman who lived in the house killed her sister to stop the demon.

Megan is a goth outcast but on her first day of school makes friends with Nikki ( Kristin Dattilo) a regular looking girl. All the popular kids immediately hate Megan because she dresses in black while they all wear pastels. At home the mirror is in Megan's room and she becomes enchanted by it.  She is compelled to stare into it, rub her face and gum on it, all while not realizing the mirror is bleeding. 

At school, a teacher yells at her for not taking a test and then he has a heart attack while she furiously draws circles on her test paper. Megan is not completely aware that the mirror is taking her terrible thoughts and making them a reality, but she slowly gets clued in. During gym class they're all in the pool and the most popular girl gets mad at Nikki, so Megan, through the mirror powers, tries to drown her in the pool. This doesn't work but the popular girl is taken out of the pool and goes to the showers. There all the steam pipes burst and scald her to death.

Megan mentions her new powers to Nikki, but Nikki doesn't want any part of it. This causes Megan to hurt Nikki to convince her to be friends again. Nikki figures out that Emelin might know something about it, so she goes to talk to her. Megan finds out about this and kills Emelin. Nikki figures out that she has to destroy the mirror. Megan kills Nikki's boyfriend by creating a figure that looks like Nikki to drown him in a tub of water. Finally Nikki goes to Megan's house, where Megan has lost control of the mirror. The mirror forces Megan's mom to put her hand in the garbage disposal, dismembering her and she bleeds to death.  Megan wants Nikki's help to stop the mirror now, but they just want to get out of the house. The mirror stabs Megan and Nikki is over here wishing everything would go back to the way it was. This takes them back to the original murders that occurred in the house with Nikki and Megan now the two sisters, but Megan is still dead. I'm not really sure what that means, that it was a cycle of sisterhood and demons.

The movie has some nice death scenes and Megan is super weird but interesting to watch. She wears some extra crazy hats. There's a scene where all the popular girls make fun of Megan by dressing all in black. They all look so much better I don't understand why they think it would make Megan mad, but I guess it does. You do get to see the demon that is trapped in the mirror for a little bit, but it still doesn't really explain how it got there, or why it can still control things while in the mirror. 

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