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Mirrors (2008)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 42,292 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 15 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 110 min | 112 min (unrated version)
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Mirrors (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Mirrors (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 42,292 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 15 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 110 min | 112 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania
  • Budget: $35,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $30,691,439(USA)(23 November 2008)
  • Director: Alexandre Aja
  • Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton and Amy Smart
  • Original Music By: Javier Navarrete   
  • Soundtrack: Asturias
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Mirror | Evil | Medication | Fire | Supernatural

Writing Credits By:

  • Alexandre Aja (screenplay) &
  • Grégory Levasseur (screenplay) (as Gregory Levasseur)
  • Sung-ho Kim (Korean motion picture "Into the Mirror")

Known Trivia

  • The name ‘Esseker’ is an anagram for ‘Seekers’. This can be an appropriate terminology for the demons who live on the other side of the mirrors seeking out their host, Anna Esseker.
  • Shot in Romania, most of it was filmed in Nicolae Ceausescu’s unfinished Academy of Sciences building in Bucharest.
  • The film was originally scripted as a straightforward remake of the 2003 South Korean horror film Into the Mirror. However, once Alexandre Aja was brought on board and read the script, he was dissatisfied with the particulars of the original film’s story. He decided to retain the original film’s basic idea involving mirrors, and to incorporate a few of its scenes, but change the story dramatically.
  • Paula Patton was cast because director Alexandre Aja and producer GrĂ©gory Levasseur had previously considered her for their production P2.
  • GrĂ©gory Levasseur had to fill in as director for the scene where Kiefer Sutherland thinks he’s on fire as Alexandre Aja had to leave urgently. His wife had just gone into premature labor.
  • Amy Smart had to be fed through a straw for her big bathroom scene as she obviously was unable to open her mouth.

Goofs: Continuity: The second time Ben fires his sidearm into the mirror, he fires 6 shots and leaves 2 bullet holes. Considering how slowly the mirror originally 'healed' itself, it is unlikely that four of the holes had sealed over in the brief period between firing and when we see them.

Plot: An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home. Full summary »  »

Story: In New York, the former NYPD detective Ben Carson is hired to work as night watch of the remains of the Mayflower Department Store that was partially destroyed by fire many years ago. Ben became alcoholic and was retired from the police force after killing a man in a shooting. His marriage was also destroyed and now he is living in the apartment of his younger sister Angie. However he has not been drinking for three months and sees the employment as a chance to rebuild his life. When he goes to the rounds in his first night, he finds that the mirrors are impeccably clean and his colleague explains that the former night watch was obsessed by the mirrors. After a couple of nights, Ben sees weird images in the mirrors, but due to the lack of credibility of his past, his ex-wife Amy believes he has hallucinations as a side effect of his medication. When Angie is found brutally murdered in her bathtub…Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  


Synopsis: A man is running away, escaping from something. He then runs into a locker room, where all of the lockers open to show his reflection. To his horror, the room’s largest mirror begins to crack as he approaches it; he desperately apologizes to his reflection therein for running away in hopes of forgiveness, and begins fervently cleaning the mirrors. A piece of the mirror then falls off. Trying to redeem himself, he picks up the shard with the intention of putting it back on the mirror. However, his reflection slowly slashes his own throat, and the man dies, experiencing the effects of his throat being slashed despite not doing it himself.

Meanwhile, sometime later, Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland), a former undercover detective who was suspended after shooting another officer, is forced to take a night time security job at a department store that was gutted by a fire. The department store used to be a psychiatric hospital that experimented in treating schizophrenia. In 1952, a mass killing took place and the hospital was closed. It was later reopened as a luxury department store, the Mayflower. Carson comments on the pristine mirrors throughout the store, and the guard comments that the man Carson is replacing was obsessed with cleaning them.

Carson’s round begins normally, though on his first night he sees a door open in a mirror’s reflection while it is actually closed. After investigating, he finds nothing. Following nights expose Carson to more intense visions, which he initially shrugs off as hallucinations (due to a strong drug he started taking as a result of his alcohol dependency). He notices mysterious handprints on the mirror. Curious, he touches them, causing the mirror to break and injure his hand. Carson further hallucinates being set on fire, as well as seeing victims in various parts of the store who were burned to death. Afterwards, he finds the wallet of Gary Lewis (the man who dies at the beginning of the film), the night watchman he is replacing. The only piece of information is a note that says "Esseker." Ben then receives a package from Gary Lewis that was sent several days before his death. The package contains newspaper clippings about the fire and other crimes. The man convicted of burning the Mayflower was also convicted of killing his wife and children.

Carson tells his younger sister (whos apartment he is staying at) about what he sees, believing that it is not him looking into the mirrors, but rather, someone is looking at him. However, his sister is unconvinced. Later, he decides to see the body of Gary Lewis at the morgue (where his wife works), and she reluctantly agrees to let him see Gary Lewis and the photos of his death. He notices in the photo of Gary Lewis’ body, that in the reflection of the mirror, the glass shard is bloody, but the one in reality is not. This convinces him that the mirrors are actually making people do things to themselves that they aren’t actually doing.

Meanwhile, Angela (Amy Smart), Ben Carson’s sister, is getting in the bath and begins to relax, when her reflection grips her jaw and begins to slowly tear it off, killing her. After arriving on the scene the next morning to see his sister’s body, he returns to the store and attempts to destroy the mirrors, but they prove impervious and even regenerate from several bullets he fires at them. He demands to know what the mirrors want, and ESSEKER is written on the mirror. Ben investigates and finds the name Anna Esseker, a patient of the psychiatric institute. She supposedly died in the mass killing, but Ben discovers that she was actually transferred out two days prior to the event. After Angela’s death, he realizes that the mirrors will eventually kill his family if he does not bring Anna Esseker to them. He goes to his wife’s home and attempts to remove or paint the surface of every mirror in the house, but his estranged wife Amy (Paula Patton) believes that he is undergoing a breakdown. He tries to show Amy what happens when he tries to break the mirrors by shooting them, but nothing happens and she does not believe him. He looks in the window of his house and sees his children looking at him. Ben then leaves in frustration and embarrassment. However, Amy starts to believe Ben when she discovers her son Michael talking to his reflection. After calling him away, Michaels reflection remains, smiling at her. Amy calls Ben in a panic, who immediately returns home, and together they cover every reflective surface in the house.

Shortly after, Ben discovers Anna Esseker’s home, but she is not there. The owner of the house says that when Anna was here strange things would happen with the mirrors, so they tried to get her help. The doctor’s treatment was to lock Anna in a room of mirrors. Whatever was in her, left her and "entered" the mirrors. After that, Esseker was sent to a convent, where mirrors are not permitted. After finding Anna, she explains to Ben that she was possessed by a demon, and while in the hospital she was confined to a chair in a room which was surrounded by mirrors, as the doctors’ believed this treatment would cure her schizophrenia by forcing her to confront her own reflection. In reality, the demon within her was drawn from her and became trapped in the mirrors.

Ben begs Anna to come back to the department store so that the demon will leave his family alone, though Anna refuses. Meanwhile, Ben’s family is attacked by the mirrors. Because he feels the demon in the mirrors is a friend, Michael cleans the paint from all reflective surfaces with a butcher knife and turns all the faucets on, covering the floor with a thin, reflective layer of water. Amy is almost drowned by Michael’s reflection in the bathtub, but she saves herself by pulling the drain plug. Meanwhile, a reflection of Amy almost slashes her daughter’s throat but the real Amy manages to save her. Amy calls Ben for help, and he abducts Anna at gunpoint. Anna returns to the mirror room and tells Ben to strap her tight, then leave immediately. Amy finds Michael playing in the water. Michael is pulled through the surface of the water by his own reflection and is trapped on the other side, underwater.

As Anna opens her eyes and becomes repossessed, the mirrors explode. Ben returns to the mirror room and discovers that the demon is now crawling on the ceiling and walls and has superhuman strength. Ben shoots at it but fails to wound the demon. He then impales it on a broken steam pipe that ignites a nearby gas line. He tries to escape the crumbling building but the demon attacks again and he is forced to fight it off. The building gives away and various rubble comes down on the demon, killing it, and supposedly Ben as well.

At the family’s home, Amy claws at the surface of the water in an attempt to rescue her drowning son. Suddenly, Michael is released from the other side of the reflection and Amy is able to pull him to safety and revive him with CPR.

Ben finally pulls himself out of the rubble and stumbles his way out of the building. Police and firemen are everywhere in the street, and a body is seen taken in a bag by paramedics, but nobody stops Ben as he leaves. He realizes that something is different because the name on a badge is written in reverse (like a mirror), so is the word "Police" on a car; his hand wound from earlier in the movie is on the opposite hand. Ben then realizes that he was crushed to death under the rubble and is now trapped in the mirror world. Fleeing the scene, he happens upon a mirror in town, and he can not see his reflection. He places his hand on it. The scene then changes to the real world and the audience sees Ben’s hand print on the mirror. The camera pans and credits roll.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Marc S. Fischer known as executive producer
  • Andrew Hong known as executive producer
  • Eun-young Kim known as co-producer (as Kim Eun Young)
  • Christopher Landry known as line producer: additional photography
  • Grégory Levasseur known as producer
  • Alexandra Milchan known as producer
  • Arnon Milchan known as executive producer
  • Vlad Paunescu known as producer: Castel Film
  • Marc Sternberg known as producer
  • Kiefer Sutherland known as executive producer
  • Moritz von der Groeben known as supervising producer
  • Andrei Zinca known as line producer: Castel Film

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kiefer Sutherland known as Ben Carson
  • Paula Patton known as Amy Carson
  • Cameron Boyce known as Michael Carson
  • Erica Gluck known as Daisy Carson
  • Amy Smart known as Angela Carson
  • Mary Beth Peil known as Anna Esseker
  • John Shrapnel known as Lorenzo Sapelli
  • Jason Flemyng known as Det. Larry Byrne
  • Tim Ahern known as Dr. Morris
  • Julian Glover known as Robert Esseker
  • Josh Cole known as Gary Lewis
  • Ezra Buzzington known as Terrence Berry
  • Aida Doina known as Rosa (as Doina Aida Stan)
  • Ioana Abur known as Front Desk Sister
  • Darren Kent known as Jimmy Esseker
  • Roz McCutcheon known as Jimmy's Mother
  • Adina Rapiteanu known as Young Anna
  • William Meredith known as Young Doctor
  • Bart Sidles known as Police Inspector
  • Cai Man known as Neighbor
  • Jingdong Qin known as Neighbor
  • Anca Damacus known as Burning Woman
  • Tudor Stroescu known as Delivery Man
  • Liliana Donici known as Mirror Person
  • Aurelia Radulescu known as Mirror Person
  • George Dumitrescu known as Mirror Person
  • Irina Saulescu known as Mirror Person
  • Valeriu Pavel known as Mirror Person
  • Peter Sebastian Wrobel known as Student (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jaremy Aiello known as special makeup effects artist
  • Howard Berger known as special makeup effects designer
  • Corina Brailescu known as hair stylist: additional photography, Bucharest
  • Corina Brailescu known as makeup artist: additional photography, Bucharest
  • Catalin Ciutu known as hair stylist
  • Gabi Cretan known as makeup artist
  • Gino Crognale known as special makeup effects artist
  • Akihito Ikeda known as makeup effects sculptor: KNB EFX Group Inc.
  • Suzanne Jansen known as hair designer
  • Suzanne Jansen known as makeup designer
  • Michael Marcellino known as hair stylist: Mr. Sutherland
  • Robert Maverick known as key makeup artist: Los Angeles
  • Mike McCarty known as special makeup effects artist
  • Laura Micu known as special makeup effects assistant
  • Donald Mowat known as makeup artist: Mr. Sutherland (as Donald J. Mowat)
  • Gregory Nicotero known as special makeup effects designer
  • Cristina Stancu known as special effects contact lenses
  • Cristina Temelie known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Alex Aitken known as head plasterer
  • Lisa Alkofer known as set decorator: Los Angeles
  • Cristina Andrei known as draftsman
  • Joseph Avilez known as greensman: Los Angeles
  • Jackson Beale known as paint foreman: Los Angeles
  • Ron Blessley known as paint gang boss: Los Angeles
  • Lucian Boca known as props: second unit
  • Alexandru Bousteutinescu known as construction foreman: additional photography
  • Max Bozeman known as leadman: Los Angeles
  • Marian Bucur known as property master: additional photography
  • Grahame Budd known as paint foreman: Los Angeles (as Billy Budd)
  • Ionut Buzoianu known as carpenter
  • Viorel Buzoianu known as carpenter
  • Crina Cartos known as construction coordinator: additional photography
  • Andreea Cazacu known as assistant set decorator
  • Ionut Chirvasiuc known as glazer
  • Sean Clouser known as construction foreman: Los Angeles
  • Cindy Coburn known as set decorator: Los Angeles
  • Michael Cole known as greens foreman: Los Angeles
  • Florin Constantin known as swing gang
  • Roger Dawson known as construction foreman
  • Andrea Dietrich known as storyboard artist
  • Chris Dinan known as props: Los Angeles
  • Paul Dinescu known as props
  • Martin Dobos known as carpenter
  • Cristi Feraru known as props (as Cristian Feraru)
  • Florin Feraru known as props
  • Mark Fruin known as property master
  • Valentin Gheorghe known as metal worker
  • Craig Handschu known as swing gang: Los Angeles
  • Andrew Harvey known as painter
  • Suzan Katcher known as standy-by painter: Los Angeles
  • Robert Key known as swing gang: Los Angeles
  • Peter J. Lakoff known as swing gang: Los Angeles
  • John Maher known as construction coordinator
  • Jamie Maheu known as property master: Los Angeles
  • Florin Matache known as leadman
  • Jim Meyer known as propmaker: Los Angeles
  • Joe Monks known as lead painter
  • Dolly Nemec known as art department research
  • Bogdan Olariu known as sculptor
  • Chris Patterson known as on-set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Sorin Popa known as art director: additional photography
  • Sorin Popa known as property master: Romania
  • Vasile Prumaru known as metal worker
  • Bernardo Javier Pérez known as hod carrier: Los Angeles
  • Elizabeth Ragagli known as property buyer
  • Dale Riggs known as propmaker: Los Angeles
  • Carmen Roderique known as construction estimator: Los Angeles
  • Jeff Rodgers known as construction medic: Los Angeles
  • Maria Romano known as art department coordinator
  • Andi Rosu known as property buyer
  • Matthew Salata known as on-set dresser: Los Angeles
  • Jose Sandoval known as painter: Los Angeles
  • Scott Schaffer known as product placement coordinator
  • Gheroghe Serbaru known as metal worker
  • Gloria Shih known as concept illustrator
  • Kyle Simokovic known as propmaker: Los Angeles
  • Brandy Sturgeon known as construction: Los Angeles
  • Tommy Sturgeon known as propmaker: Los Angeles
  • Richard Toyon known as production designer: Los Angeles
  • Catalin Udrea Turoiu known as sculptor
  • Sile Ungureanu known as construction foreman
  • George Uteanu known as art department assistant: additional photography
  • Michael Vojvoda known as swing gang: Los Angeles (as Mike Vojvoda)
  • Mike Wells known as construction coordinator: Los Angeles
  • Michael Wiley known as construction: Los Angeles
  • David Woods known as draftsman
  • Mamie Young known as graphic designer: Los Angeles




Production Companies:

  • Regency Enterprises (presents)
  • New Regency Pictures
  • Luna Pictures (in association with)
  • ASAF (in association with) (as Asaf Geschäftsführungs GmbH & Co. Filmproduktion KG)
  • Castel Film Romania

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Biomedica International  medical services
  • Bruce's Catering  catering: Los Angeles
  • Castel Film Studio  studio
  • Central Casting Romania  extras casting
  • Central Casting  extras casting (Los Angeles)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Cinemarine Team  underwater camera equipment provided by
  • City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus  music performed by
  • Danetracks  sound design and editorial
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Ear Tonic Music  trailer music
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Kona Cutting  negative cutting
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Mira Comandor Impex  catering: second unit
  • Movie Cars  camera cars
  • Packair Airfreight  international logistics
  • Palco Sports  prop guns
  • Panalight  camera equipment: additional photography
  • Plurimedic  medical services: additional photography
  • Runway  post-production
  • Saya Films  editing facilities (Paris)
  • SportsBrandedMedia  sports product placement
  • Translux  facilities and trucks
  • Warner Bros. Studios  studio facilities: Los Angeles


  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Kinowelt Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Hollydan Works (2009) (Serbia and Montenegro) (DVD)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Svensk Filmindustri (SF) (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Veronica (2012) (Netherlands) (TV)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • K.N.B. Effects Group (make-up special effects) (as KNB EFX Group)
  • Rez-Illusion (visual effects)
  • Digital Dimension (visual effects and animation)
  • LOOK! Effects (digital visual effects) (as Look Effects, Inc.)
  • & Company (visual effects)
  • AutreChose (visual effects)
  • Michael Kaelin & Associates (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Mandy Arnold known as digital effects artist
  • Christy Beckert known as digital compositor
  • Stephane Bidault known as visual effects supervisor: Autre Chose
  • Madalina Bland known as roto artist
  • Tatjana Bozinovski known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Daniel Brimer known as visual effects producer: Rez-Illusion
  • Todd Carson known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • August Coleman known as digital compositor
  • Michael Dean Connolly known as visual effects assistant: Rez-Illusion
  • Carole Cowley known as visual effects consultant
  • Robert Cribbett known as visual effects consultant
  • Chris Del Conte known as visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
  • Nicolas Delbecq known as digital effects artist
  • Jon Doyle known as digital compositor
  • Michael Early known as visual effects coordinator: Rez-Illusion
  • David Espinoza known as visual effects
  • Brandon Flyte known as digital compositor
  • David Fogg known as visual effects supervisor
  • Chris Gelles known as visual effects executive producer: & Company
  • Buddy Gheen known as digital compositor
  • Jamison Scott Goei known as visual effects supervisor: Rez-Illusion
  • Jim Gorman known as digital compositor
  • Ahmed Hassan known as 3D artist
  • Petra Holtorf known as visual effects producer
  • David Isyomin known as visual effects supervisor: & Company
  • Justin Jones known as compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Michael Kaelin known as digital compositor: LookFX
  • Bonnie Kanner known as visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
  • Danny S. Kim known as visual effects
  • Maggie Kraisamutr known as digital compositor: Rez-Illusion
  • Wing Kwok known as digital compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Jean-Antoine Lacolle known as digital compositor
  • Vincent Lavares known as data manager: Laser Pacific
  • Geoff Leavitt known as digital effects supervisor: Rez-Illusion
  • Dan Levitan known as digital supervisor: Digital Dimension
  • Steven Lloyd known as digital artist
  • Mark Maccora known as digital compositor
  • Bruce Mann known as digital effects artist
  • Harrison Marks known as visual effects coordinator
  • Damian McDonnell known as additional digital intermediate colorist
  • Landon Medeiros known as junior compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Sarah Mihalec known as production coordinator: Digtial Dimension
  • Lori C. Miller known as digital compositor: Digital Dimension
  • Romain Moussel known as digital effects artist
  • Brad Moylan known as digital compositor: Pixel Magic
  • Kenneth Nakada known as visual effects supervisor: Look FX
  • Sk Nguyen known as visual effects coordinator
  • Joseph Oberle known as digital compositor
  • Molly Pabian known as visual effects production assistant: Digital Dimension
  • Sookie Park known as digital compositor
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Rebecca Ramsey known as visual effects executive producer: Look Effects
  • Miles Reetz known as digital compositor
  • Andrew Roberts known as CG supervisor: Digital Dimension
  • Migs Rustia known as visual effects editor
  • Chad Schott known as digital compositor
  • Michael Shelton known as visual effects
  • Martha Soehendra known as digital compositor
  • Paul Stemmer known as visual effects editor
  • Kevin Struckman known as digital compositor
  • Michael Struk known as visual effects editor
  • Ahren Thomas known as digital compositor
  • Casey Yahnke known as compositor: Mechnology Visual Effects

Release Date:

  • Malaysia 14 August 2008
  • Germany 15 August 2008 (Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Indonesia 15 August 2008
  • Lithuania 15 August 2008
  • USA 15 August 2008
  • Russia 21 August 2008
  • Turkey 22 August 2008
  • UK 25 August 2008 (Frightfest)
  • Belgium 10 September 2008
  • France 10 September 2008
  • Israel 11 September 2008
  • Iceland 12 September 2008
  • Armenia 17 September 2008
  • Switzerland 17 September 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Netherlands 18 September 2008
  • Singapore 18 September 2008
  • South Korea 18 September 2008
  • Estonia 19 September 2008
  • Sweden 19 September 2008
  • Portugal 25 September 2008
  • Argentina 30 September 2008 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Philippines 1 October 2008
  • Argentina 2 October 2008
  • Greece 2 October 2008
  • Peru 2 October 2008
  • Spain 2 October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Italy 3 October 2008
  • Mexico 3 October 2008
  • Panama 3 October 2008
  • Romania 3 October 2008
  • Spain 3 October 2008
  • Egypt 8 October 2008
  • Czech Republic 9 October 2008
  • Ireland 10 October 2008
  • UK 10 October 2008
  • Hong Kong 16 October 2008
  • Hungary 16 October 2008
  • Brazil 17 October 2008
  • Finland 25 October 2008 (Night Visions Film Festival)
  • Germany 30 October 2008
  • Switzerland 30 October 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 31 October 2008
  • Colombia 31 October 2008
  • Venezuela 31 October 2008
  • Australia 6 November 2008
  • Slovakia 6 November 2008
  • Croatia 13 November 2008
  • Denmark 21 November 2008
  • Poland 28 November 2008
  • Japan 26 December 2008
  • Finland 11 February 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. dyl_gon from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    Mirrors was pretty much doomed for terrible critical reviews from thestart. Horror never scores big with film critics; in fact I can'tremember the last horror film that got more positive reviews thannegative. If the horror film in question is a remake, especially of aforeign movie, it's almost destined for critical failure. There's areason for that: most horror remakes are utter garbage and are solelycreated so studios can make a quick buck. However, once in a while, ahorror film remake will come along that actually isn't half bad, yetwill still suffer negative reviews based on the fact that it's a horrorfilm remake. It happened several years ago with The Texas ChainsawMassacre and more recently, with The Hills Have Eyes.

    Mirrors has suffered a similar fate. Directed by French horror directorAlexandre Aja, the same man behind The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors is aremake of a Korean horror film, as well as the best wide-release horrorfilm of the year thus far. While I'll admit I probably enjoyed the filmmuch more than most will, it's still miles better than the critic'slousy reviews or lackluster promotion would have you believe.

    Kiefer Sutherland stars as Ben Carson, an ex-cop suffering fromemotional issues after a "workplace accident" and a messy divorce. Sickof sleeping on his sister's couch, he takes up a job as a securityguard at an abandoned department store that was devastated by a firemany years back. The job seems easy enough, primarily consisting ofwalking through the building every couple hours, making sure there areno trespassers. Things take a turn for the worse though, after severalstrange encounters involving the mirrors in the building, and Benbegins to find that his own reflection is haunting him, not only at thejob, but in any mirror or reflective object (or liquid) he comesacross. Soon enough, Ben find his life, as well as his families, indanger.

    Mirrors biggest strength is the storyline, easily one of the besthorror premises to hit the screen in years (even if it is recycled).Reflections are practically inescapable, not only appearing just inmirrors, but in doorknobs, windows and water. The inescapability ofreflections is what makes the idea of one's reflection out to get themso chilling. They're everywhere. You can't escape them. Not sinceNightmare on Elm Street, where ones own dreams were the cause of death,has there been a supernatural premise that has gotten so much under myskin. The fact that whatever the mirror images do to themselves happensto their real life counterparts, only heightens the hopelessness ofCarson and his family.

    Alexandre Aja has already proved his ability to create genuine scareswith previous films, but most have been of the brutal, violent kind, asopposed to the atmospheric chills usually employed in supernaturalhorror movies that are more reliant on the mood and feeling thanshocking acts of brutality for scares. Surprisingly, Aja's penchant forgore and violence complements the film surprisingly well. The sequencesinside the derelict department store at night build up suspense verywell, utilizing the eerie location with corpses manifesting themselveswithin the mirrors and screams emitting from within deep recesses ofthe building. It's fairly generic stuff for movies like this, but Ajais talented enough stylistically to pull them off. However, it's thesequences where Aja really lets loose that prove to be the mostfrightening. One sequence that takes place in a bathtub ends up beingone of the most brutal and unsettling death scenes of the year. Thereare several of these sequences sprinkled throughout the film and theyare extremely effective, utilizing a combination of brutality andatmospheric suspense that are, at the least, shocking. When a ghostpops out in one scene, it isn't a pale, long black haired Asian woman,nor a semi-transparent floating apparition: it's a half-naked femalewith half her body burned off, the flesh still sizzling off her burntcarcass as she wails in pain. That's the difference between Mirrors andmost other ghost films.

    The biggest downfall of the film is when it tries to provide anexplanation for the horrific events taking place in the second half.The idea of one's image terrorizing oneself is horrifying on one level,but at the same time, it's extremely unrealistic. Trying to explain whythis happened back fires on the film, as no explanation is going tomake sense and instead, will just draw attention to the fact that thiswould never happen in real life, destroying a bit of the film's effect.The audience doesn't need to know why this happens. Ambiguity in thiscase would be much more frightening and wouldn't take away from any ofthe other scares. Once you throw in a sub-plot about mental institutionexperiments and haunting tragedies taking place in the building, youlose a lot of the suspense. Despite the unwise direction the movietakes in its second half, it's still entertaining and manages to retaina few good scares here and there, while finally rebounding in the lastact.

    Mirrors isn't perfect (what film is?), but its strengths far outweighits weaknesses and in the end, it's the most enjoyable wide-releasehorror film of the year (although personally, the only other decentwide-release horror film this year would be The Strangers). Benefitingfrom a brilliant premise and the unlikely combination of Frenchdirector Alexandre Aja's love of blood and brutality with anatmospheric, supernatural storyline, Mirrors is definitely much betterthan what one would expect of a typical Korean horror movie remake, letalone any horror movie that hits theaters.

    – Dylan, allhorrorfilms.com

  2. nasakcuf-3 from Corcoran, CA
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    These days, at over $10 per movie ticket, the question I most ask whenI go to these review boards is…was it worth it? The answer to thatquestion depends upon how effectively the movie brings its genre acrossto the audience…the interesting plots, the action sequences, thedrama. Yes, perhaps I've seen the movie's take on these things before,but to me the movie's worth is defined by the movies own merits, notnecessarily the merits of what preceded it…

    We have I think all seen variants of what Mirrors is about, yet I stillrecommend it. I found it to be atmospheric and suspenseful (with somegore, one effect in particular will probably make your jaw twitch forthe remainder of the movie), although the suspense wears off oncecertain things are revealed about 3/4 of the way through the movie. Theatmosphere remains intact however, and the ending of the movie deliversan unexpected twist that brings the movie full circle. While I'm notlikely to see it a second time, I found a single viewing to be a worthyinvestment of my time and my $10.50….

  3. Lando_Hass from The Thuderdome, b**ch!!
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    Let me start off by saying: I was stoked about seeing Mirrors. I likedHigh Tension, and I loved Hills Have Eyes. Both were awesome, awesomemovies….especially Hills Have Eyes. So of course, again, I was stokedto watch Mirrors, because it sounded interesting, it looked scary, andthe guy who made to great horror movies made it. What happened when Ifinished Mirrors, you ask? I was left disappointed as hell. Very, verydisappointed. Which sucks because it started off so scary and sointeresting.

    Kiefer Sutherland plays Ben, a down and out ex-cop who's battling analcohol problem and the stigma of killing a man while in the line ofduty. While waiting to be reinstated into the police force, he takes ajob as a night watchmen at an old, burned down, creepy-ass shoppingmall. Of course, once there, he notices insanely scary and creepythings going on inside, particularly with the mirrors inside. He startsseeing disturbing things in the mirrors: People burning alive,grotesque people lying on the floors, crying for help, things of thatnature. Since Ben is so unstable, we're not sure what's going on, atleast I wasn't. I wasn't sure if all this scary stuff was in his head,or if there was a genuine explanation for all of it. Well, I waswishing that the former was true, because that would've made the moviethat much scarier and that much edgier. Instead, the latter was true.

    The movie has some really, really scary parts….all of it is scaryuntil they explain why everything's happening. Then you're just leftthere thinking, "Well, that's not that scary anymore." There's somereally crazy gore effects, especially the opening scene and the scenewith Amy Smart. These parts, especially the Amy Smart scene, will makeyou cringe just a little bit.

    But after the first half, the half filled with mystery, intrigue, andscary, horrific moments, the movies take a turn down dumbass-ideaboulevard:

    SPOILER Ready for this? The reason for the all the strange happeningsin the movie, i.e., in the mirrors, is becauseof…..ready?……demonic forces. No psychological reasons, whichwould've been cool and interesting, but because of stupid demonicforces that lived in the mirrors. Even if they didn't go down thepsychological route, they could've at least handled it better and madeit interesting instead of just saying, "Bad s*** lives in the mirrors.Jack Bauer's gonna take care of it." When his wife starts believing himand when you know for sure he isn't just crazy and broken, that's whenall the interest is sucked away.

    Everyone does a pretty good job with their roles, but since the moviedoesn't get any deeper than "Bad stuff lives in the mirrors," there'snot much to do with these characters, especially Ben, who's a prettybroken and messed up guy. But as the second half comes along, youforget that he's a recovering alcoholic with a pill problem who may ormay not be completely insane. When there's no more doubt about hisstate-of-mind and sanity, the movie loses it's punch and mystery, atleast I thought so.

    SOME MORE SPOILERS The movie takes a turn for the absolutely ridiculouswhen all the demonic forces in the mirrors manifest themselves in anold nun. She pretty much turns into a freakin' licker from the ResidentEvil games. She starts crawling up walls, jumping off walls, and getsinto a physical brawl with Kiefer Sutherland as he tries to shoot her.She throws him through a freakin' brick wall, and he throws her likesix feet away from him. I was just thinking to myself, "What the hellam I watching? Is it still the same movie?" This part was so stupid itpretty much ruined the rest of the movie. My God. It was so stupid.

    I personally thought they could've done much more with the storyinstead of just saying "Bad things live in the mirrors." It started outscary, suspenseful, and frightening, but then just ends up being cornyand stupid. The only thing that made the last half somewhat tolerablewas the last few minutes, which was a little shocking and cool. Lovedthe ending.

    But again, don't take this review as a definitive view on the movie. Gowatch it for yourself and you might end up liking it very much. Ididn't, even though I really, really wanted to.

    Score: 5 out of 10.

  4. Pascal Zinken (LazySod) from Maastricht, The Netherlands
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    As a remake of a Korean film of 2003 this film tells the tale of a guythat picks up a job as a night-watchman in what is left over of aburned down department store. What starts as a somewhat dull somewhatcreepy job quickly turns into a living nightmare.

    There have been at least a dozen horror films where the evil lived onthe other side of the mirror – nothing new here. Most of them share thesame build up as this one: get to know the victim(s), get to know theevil(s), see them getting maimed/slaughtered/eaten one by one – nothingnew here. In effect, this film is like nothing new all over and itwould be a standard run of the mill one if it weren't for the fact thatmost of the settings used are worked out pretty nicely and that theending isn't the normal sloppy one.

    I haven't seen the original but I am interested into seeing it now thatI have seen this one. It might be even better.

    7 out of 10 mirrors on the wall

  5. barrys82 from Mexico
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    Mirrors is the U.S. remake of Korean horror movie Geoul Sokeuro, it isgood and scary but not as much as the original one. The movie is aboutA mall security guard becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving aparticular department store's mirrors which seem to bring out the worstin people. The story is almost the same as the original as well as theplot which are interesting although a little predictable. It has a goodrhythm and the tension grows in its intensity as the movie moves along,these are two very good things because it never makes the movietiresome to the viewer. The cast is good, Kiefer Sutherland gives avery convincing performance, although he reminded me of Jack Bauer insome moments of the film. Amy Smart's role was good but very short andPaula Patton as Kiefer character's wife gives a decent acting job. Inconclusion, it was a good movie but it could be better.

  6. theskulI42 from Denver, CO
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    Oh dios mio, Alexandre, what have you done?

    Alexandre Aja is a talented director who has a splendid visualsensibility that can breathe life in otherwise tired premises. Hisversion of The Hills Have Eyes features one-dimensional characters anda predictable storyline, but Aja elevated it thanks to its garish,glorious appearance. High Tension also looked great, and had asimilarly premise, but was doomed by a lunkheaded twist. His secondattempt at a remake, a Korean horror film, was destined to be afailure. The vague Asian ghost story has long since run its course, andit can be argued that only the movement's catalyst (The Ring) wassuccessful. Mirrors is a profoundly troubling film, if only because youwonder how such a talented man could pump out such a dud.

    The trouble begins right from the start with an uninspired opening. Thefilm proper begins, with an opening credits sequence that is dizzyingin the worst way, like the projectionist fed the reels wrong. KieferSutherland stars as Ben Carson, an officer disgraced after killing acolleague. He is living with his sister (Amy Smart), and is estrangedfrom his wife (Paula Patton), mother to his two children. He gets a newjob as a night watchman for an old department store that was destroyedin a fire. Around here is when the questions start. The film's firstthird mines a lot of attempted suspense out of extended scenes whereSutherland is wandering around looking at old burned things, mainlystatues, birds and mirrors. None of these are inherently scary,bringing to mind Dark Water, where we supposed to be terrified by badpipes and a faulty washing machine. If Aja's seem less ludicrous, justwait. All of a sudden, in a manner more awkward than shocking, hestarts having fake-looking visions of people burning, so Sutherlandscreams and hilariously writhes around. AAAHHH FIRE OH MY GOD Notcoincidentally, this is the point at which derisive laughter began toemanate from the patrons of my theater.

    The plot after that set-up is…honestly, a bit hard to explain.Characters are introduced, utilized in situations that would seem toencourage a fleshing-out, then are never heard from again, and areunderused even in their minute facet. Despite the film being based uponanother medium, in fact another FILM, Aja and co. seem to have no ideawhere they're going or what they're doing, to the point that they seemto be making it up as they go along. Every major occurrence in the filmwas laughably silly and gloriously incoherent. First off, isn't his jobdescription merely to just protect the place from vandals? He's takingcrazy pain pills and is still disturbed anyway, so why, after his firstunpleasant bit of silliness, would he go wandering around to thewaterlogged basement and to the empty reaches of the top floor? Arepunk kids really breaking into this place and going to all these crazyobscure places? Can't he just sit out front? He runs home, screaming tohis loved ones how mirrors are attacking him, and is somehow surprisedwhen they think he's a nutcase.

    From there, the film provides all these bizarre twists about amysterious woman, and a mental ward and the fire and mirrors and demonsand…it's all curiously empty, to the point that I can't honestlyconceive how they managed to fill 110 minutes of film. Oh, there's onebig gore scene, but the film had lost this crowd long before it, and itends up smacking more of desperation than anything else. It kept meentertained just because I wanted to see the nonsensical depths itwould plumb, and boy did it deliver. By the time he's abducting a nunat gunpoint and wrestling her demonic corpse (in a scene that somehowmakes even less sense than everything that occurred before it), all therules of believability or genuine enjoyment were out the window, andthe film ends as incoherently as it began.

    In the acting department, it's just as bad. Sutherland is horriblyover-the-top (and his character is such an ill-tempered dick that wecan't possibly sympathize with him), and everyone around him doesn'tknow how to act. Amy Smart, the only competent actor in the cast, isdispatched early on, in a scene that later is contradicted, as the filmcan't even follow it's own rules. Paula Patton was obviously cast for*ahem* other talents, so why they continually give her extendedemotional scenes is beyond me. The kids are kids, the rest areforgettable and forgotten (Jason Flemyng is introduced early on as animportant character, as the film seems to be setting up a tangent whereKiefer is suspected in his sister's death, but this is as forgotten aseverything else in the film).

    The film's original conceit is one that is if nothing else intriguing,but its only scene with the potential for genuine suspense (havingsomeone look into a mirror, look away, and have the reflection stay)only works once, and only if you're not expecting it. But this film notonly uses it extensively with most of its main characters, announces itin its title and plot, and utilized it in its marketing almost wholly.I could continue in this vein for another twelve paragraphs, but Ithink the most demonic thing about the film is that its influence hasapparently gotten to my brain, because, reading over this, I don'tthink I've accurately conveyed WHY the film is bad, or at least why itdeserves the rating I'm about to give it. In an attempt to inform you,I've also blathered epic-length with little effect. Curse you, Mirrors,your tremendous downside has doomed me to work as incoherent andmeandering as you. God help us all.

    {Grade: 0.5/10 (what is that, a high F?) / #64 (of 65) of 2008}

  7. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    In New York, the former NYPD detective Ben Carson (Kiefer Sutherland)is hired to work as night watch of the remains of the MayflowerDepartment Store that was partially destroyed by fire many years ago.Ben became alcoholic and was retired from the police force afterkilling a man in a shooting. His marriage was also destroyed and now heis living in the apartment of his younger sister Angie (Amy Smart).However he has not been drinking for three months and sees theemployment as a chance to rebuild his life. When he goes to the roundsin his first night, he finds that the mirrors are impeccably clean andhis colleague explains that the former night watch was obsessed by themirrors. After a couple of nights, Ben sees weird images in themirrors, but due to the lack of credibility of his past, his ex-wifeAmy (Paula Patton) believes he has hallucinations as a side effect ofhis medication. When Angie is found brutally murdered in her bathtub,Ben discovers that there is an evil force in the mirror that is chasinghim and jeopardizing his family.

    The first half of "Mirrors" is intriguing, with a promising scary storywith good special effects and good performances. Unfortunately, theresolution and the conclusion of the plot are very weak anddisappointing, and the end is open for a sequel. The death of Angie isreally the most impressive scene of this forgettable horror movie. Myvote is six.

    Title (Brazil): "Espelhos da Morte" ("Mirrors of the Death")

  8. justine0121 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    I have to admit I was on my toes. It's one that gets better and betteras the movie goes. It keeps you wondering and there is pretty much noforeshadowing at all. I really didn't know what was going to happenfrom minute to minute. This movie is one of those you'll want to watchagain. Sutherlands performance is good but I've got to give props tothe other actors as well. All their performances were pretty remarkabletoo. I'm not the type of person that enjoys crappy films. I definitelyhave to say I know a good movie when I see it and I'm confident ofthat. The overall twist and turns… yeah it's a definite popcornlights off cuddle with your boyfriend scary movie.

  9. Spooky2001 (btvsfan@gmail.com) from Woodinville, Washington
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    This movie is certainly not the best horror movie I have seen but outof horror movies that come out now of days it is one of the betterones. The death scenes were a little over the top and gory but at leastthe movie didn't really on mostly gore that a lot of horror moviesthese days do. Keifer Suterland was pretty good and there were a fewjump scares. I like it that they added a little bit of mystery to it. Igive this movie a B for effort. It did seem a little long though, theycould have made it at least a little bit shorter. They had some coolspecial effects like when the mirror got shot and the holes repairedthemselves. Overall it was not that bad of a movie.

  10. M W from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:12 pm

    Haute Tension is one of my favorite movies. Hills Have Eyes & P2 keptme believing that Alexandre Aja was on the road to something big.Reallybig.Now usually I don't judge too harshly if an artist slips up & makesone or two stinkers so long as they rebound & hold steady. Mirrorsalready had several strikes against it. Another remake?Come on man.Kiefer Sutherland?Really?! Yet I pressed on its Aja if anyone can turnthese strikes into lightning its him. Wrong.Wrong.Wrong. This moviefalls victim to every horror movie cliché & makes some new ones forgood measure along the way(anyone count the number of times the wordmirror was used just in the 1st 1/2 hour?!). There's zero chemistrybetween the actors. There's no tension no build up of suspense. Thehorror moments are laughable like the Grudge 2 House of Wax & TheAmityville Horror. Christ im about to put the final nail in the coffinon this man being the future of horror over this. I log on to IMDb tosee what his next project is & its yet another remake. He pulled a WesCraven in just under 5 years. I know I haven't written any details onthe movie & its because I cant its just too idiotic & honestly hurts myhead to recall what I just suffered through. Mr.Aja please get out ofthe gutter & get back into making kick ass horror movies.Please?!?!?

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