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December 22, 2011

Masand’s Verdict: Mirrors doesn’t qualify as a horror film

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rajeev @ 6:40 am

  Cast: Kiefer Sutherland

Direction: Alexandre Aja

Horror films are meant to spook you, they’re meant to make you afraid of the dark, of staying the night alone in a strange new place. Mirrors starring Kiefer Sutherland as an ex-cop working as a security guard at a fire-ravaged department store, does not qualify as a horror film. Sure the movie’s premise revolves around this security guard discovering spirits in the mirrors that commit gruesome murders, but the film is not so much scary as it is just plain disgusting.

There’s a particularly revolting scene in Mirrors in which an expendable supporting character rips off her own jawbone, making an awful bloody mess in the bathtub. That’s the kind of cheap screams this movie goes for.

Remake of a South Korean horror film, Mirrors comes with an over-complicated back-story revolving around a possessed nun, and the movie’s packed with silly special-effects and bad acting from everyone involved. The sad thing is, you’re hardly ever scared, but you’re very easily exhausted by this 110 minute film which doesn’t even have three genuinely creepy moments that are likely to make your hair stand on edge when you think of the film a few days later.

I’m going with one out of five for Mirrors; the only time you open your mouth is not to scream out of fear, but to yawn out of sheer boredom.

Rating: 1 / 5 (Poor)

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