Director: Marina Sargenti
Cast: Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson
Production Company: Orphan Eyes
Runtime: 104 minutes
I’m surprised that Mirror Mirror (1990) didn’t catch my attention sooner. It probably got lost in the jumble of The Exorcist III (1990), Night of the Living Dead (1990), Frankenhooker (1990) and other classics from the time. I’m glad I finally saw it…
In the movie, Megan (Rainbow Harvest) and her mother (Karen Black) move to a new town and take up residence in a potentially haunted house. Megan soon discovers a mysterious mirror that gives her supernatural powers. However, she doesn’t realize that the antique is controlled by demonic forces.
In many ways, this film is very reminiscent of Carrie (1976). Both movies feature a girl who’s being bullied by the cool kids for being different, until something supernatural takes place. There’s even an ironic reference to Carrie in the movie.
Rainbow Harvest is awesome in the role of Megan Gordon. Her look and mannerisms reminded me a lot of Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice (1988). Of course, her character in this film is much more serious than that of Lydia, and her plight is a lot darker as well.
Karen Black from Trilogy of Terror (1975), Burnt Offerings (1976), and Ooga Booga (2013) is also excellent in the role of Megan’s impetuous mother. It was also great to see Yvonne De Carlo from The Ten Commandments (1956) and Munster, Go Home! (1966) in such a strong supporting role.
Mirror Mirror is a female-centric film that was a little ahead of its time. The cast is mostly made up of women in important roles, and the writer and director is Marina Sargenti, who also made Child of Darkness, Child of Light (1991).
It’s also a spooky film, with a really creepy atmosphere. It successfully builds its own mythos around an ancient and accursed mirror. The concept is pretty original, and this allows the movie to stand out from other horror films.
This movie spawned a bunch of sequels that include such stellar cast members as Veronica Cartwright from Alien (1979), Roddy McDowell from The Legend of Hell House (1973), David Naughton from An American Werewolf in London (1981) and many more.
I also thought the movie had a well-conceived twist ending that left me feeling both startled and satisfied. It’s probably safe to say that I’ll be peering into Mirror Mirror, or one of its three sequels, again sometime soon…
– John Migliore
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