Dark Mirror defies the conventions of the traditional haunted house ghost story by revealing its horrors in the full glare of a stream of sunshine or a camera flash rather than the night-time darkness of a spooky cellar.
Lisa Vidal (E.R.) stars as Debbie, a woman who is haunted by a hidden presence or perhaps the inner-workings of her increasingly unstable mind.
Having landed a plum new job, Jim Martin (David Chisum) decides to relocate his wife Debbie (Lisa Vidal) and their young son Ian (Joshua Pelegrin) from rainy Seattle to the bright sunshine of Southern California.
They view one unpromising house after another until they happen upon a property that Debbie is strangely drawn to. She is impressed with its decorative glass window panels and the reclusive artist who once lived there and decides that this is her dream home.
Debbie is trying to resurrect her photography career and decides to photograph the house making use of the amazing Californian light that streams through the windows. In the bathroom she finds two opposing mirrors reflecting to infinity. Debbie decides to take a picture of herself in the bathroom mirror, which causes a strange ripple effect through to what seems to be another dimension.
Is this the opening of a gateway to the past or an alternative reality or perhaps a trigger for her own madness? The photograph sets off a series of events where Debbie begins seeing things through mirrors and glass reflections, such as a mysterious hooded character that appears to be stalking her.
A hooded character that may also be killing anyone that Debbie happens to photograph, and now she must figure out why and how this is all happening.
The deeper Debbie delves into the house’s dark past, the bloodier the present becomes and the body count keeps rising.
She believes there is a vengeful spirit on the loose but her family are terrified that she is losing her mind and may be responsible for the terrible events.
With a slow, quiet build-up Dark Mirror is a nicely ambiguous and compelling ghost story full of twists and turns. Dark Mirror (Arrow Films) is available to buy on DVD from 3rd September 2012.