Dark Mirror

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Overview

Bizarre occurrences plague a home, but it remains unclear if they signal a manifestation of evil or the illusory products of a woman's mental breakdown in Dark Mirror, director and co-screenwriter Pablo Proenza's tense supernatural thriller. The tale begins when a family of three -- photographer-cum-mother Deborah Lisa Vidal, her husband, Jim David Chisum, and their son, Ian Joshua Pelegrin -- move into a house with a number of oddities attached, including not only a shady history, but creepy aesthetic touches ...
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Overview

Bizarre occurrences plague a home, but it remains unclear if they signal a manifestation of evil or the illusory products of a woman's mental breakdown in Dark Mirror, director and co-screenwriter Pablo Proenza's tense supernatural thriller. The tale begins when a family of three -- photographer-cum-mother Deborah Lisa Vidal, her husband, Jim David Chisum, and their son, Ian Joshua Pelegrin -- move into a house with a number of oddities attached, including not only a shady history, but creepy aesthetic touches such as mirrors that reflect to infinity and panels made of beveled glass. Deborah begins to work toward rebuilding her career behind the camera, but everyone who appears in her photographs suddenly and inexplicably dies. On an even more unsettling note, Deborah begins to suspect that the two women closest to her -- her best friend and her mother -- are in fact the walking dead, or zombies. The occurrences in the house seem to manifest themselves as omens, beckoning Deborah to interpret everything, but the signs conflict -- and threaten to drive Deborah beyond the point of comprehension when she discovers an odd book left behind by the prior owners, and filled with strange, cryptic diagrams and notations.
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Special Features

Trailer; Behind The Scenes; Deleted Scene; Commentary
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A deliciously creepy concept and some eerie visuals serve as the strong points of writer/director Pablo Proenza's Dark Mirror, an ambitious yet modestly budgeted psychological thriller/supernatural mystery that manages to sustain an effective level of hyper-saturated tension throughout. The story centers on a family that moves into a home previously occupied by an eccentric artist who disappeared, along with his entire family, under mysterious circumstances. The deeper photographer Deborah Martin Lisa Vidal delves into the artist's past, the more convinced she becomes that the ornate glass windows and mysterious bathroom mirror in her new home hold a sinister secret. Of course, ominous mirrors are nothing new in the realm of horror, though when used for more than simple jump scares they can become an interesting vehicle for a journey into the unknown. Dark Mirror sets up a compelling mystery in which mirrors serve as a gateway between two worlds, and throws in some psychological drama to keep things interesting. Seductively luminescent courtesy of cinematographer Armando Salas, the film stands apart from the vast majority of darkness-shrouded shockers, and emerges somewhat more effective because of that unique trait. The light in Dark Mirror seems to shine out of pure malevolence, and while the story is somewhat predictable, it's that shimmering terror that makes it worth a look on a rainy day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 030306931395
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Ifc Independent Film
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,513

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lisa Vidal Deborah Martin
David Chisum Jim Martin
Lupe Ontiveros Grace
Christine Lakin , Tammy
Joshua Pelegrin Ian Martin
Tucker Smallwood , Det. Williams
David Farkas , Chad
John Newton , Brendan
Jim Storm , Frank
Jay Knowlton , Det. Vasquez
Jareb Dauplaise , Frat Boy
Jean Carol , Real Estate Agent
Susan Brindley , Professional Woman
Daeg Faerch , Neighbor Kid
Kristin Lorenz , CSI Photographer
Juliana Rong , Mrs. Yoshida
Technical Credits
Pablo Proenza Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Sunday Boling Casting
Todd Bush Editor
Jaeson Kay Production Designer
Meg Morman Casting
Erin Ploss-Campoamor Producer
Matt Reynolds Screenwriter
Armando Salas Cinematographer
Maria Schicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Pieter A. Schlosser Score Composer
Isaac Sprintis Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dark Mirror
1. What Happened? [5:12]
2. Flashes [6:02]
3. Rejected [5:24]
4. Making Friends [4:43]
5. Mom? [5:02]
6. Wet Feet [6:22]
7. Hidden Painting [6:23]
8. Sinking [5:59]
9. Wife's Talent [5:43]
10. Seeing Things [3:40]
11. Father and Son [6:28]
12. The Gun [7:49]
13. The Truth [3:24]
14. Gone [7:05]
15. End Credits [6:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dark Mirror
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   Chapters
   Special Features
      Behind The Scenes
      Deleted Scene
      Trailer
   Setup
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         2.0 Commentary
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
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