“You see what it wants you to see”
Call Number: DVD 2269
If the movie is not in at HPL you can order it from inter-library loan
I saw this movie both in the theater and at home on DVD. while I wouldn’t recommend paying $10 to see it, it’s great if you’re at home and in the mood for a scary movie.
The movie starts out with Tim finally being let out of the mental institution he had lived in for most of his childhood. He is deemed mentally healthy but warned to be wary of his sister’s influence. His sister, Kaylie, works for an antiques dealer and has acquired an old mirror that used to be in the house the siblings grew up in. She’s convinced that the mirror harbors an evil spirit that caused the death of their mother and has a plan to fight back.
The best part of this movie was the constant flashbacks to the sibling’s childhood, woven fluidly into the present. The flashbacks, which grow more and more horrifying, offset the less intense present scenes, where they are waiting for the ghost and arguing about the past, which Tim has forgotten. The actress that plays Kaylie as a child does a fantastic job as she changes from a normal kid to someone who is trapped in an abusive home and fears for her life. Rory Cochrane, who plays the father, is fascinating to watch as he changes from a loving dad into a violent, paranoid man, due to the poltergeist in the mirror in his office.
The two main characters are very likable and the audience roots for them as they try to trap and kill the ghost that has haunted them since childhood. One of the scariest things about this movie is that the people are the ones that inflict harm, and not the ghost. It is only the ghost’s influence that causes them to become dangerous. The only real power the poltergeist has is to trick families into hurting each other. The twins grapple with this as they realize they are not as prepared to confront the ghost as they thought. There are several very interesting, trippy scenes where they watch themselves through the window of the house and realize they too, are being manipulated by the ghost.
This movie is not overly gory, though there are a few graphic scenes. There are actually only a couple of deaths during this movie and I really liked that the characters had intense, emotional reactions to these deaths instead of acting like they didn’t care, like in many horror movies. This depth of emotion made the movie much more interesting and the characters much more believable.
The main thing I found disappointing about this movie was the ending. The director was obviously trying to make the story come full circle, but it definitely wasn’t the ending I wanted or expected. If the ending had been different the movie as a whole would have been much better.
Nevertheless, this movie will hold your attention with it’s suspenseful and terrifying plot.