In fact the death scenes are pretty effectively done and definitely some of the high points of this film. What is more disturbing though is the haunting mirror interactions which even though we know as an audience as simple editing camera tricks are still chilling and eerie to watch. Something about that connections we have with mirrors and the idea of reflections not always matching up is a central inherit fear we all share. That idea is what works effectively in these films that also incorporates the effect of the reflections inflicting harm upon into the real world. Max begins to get it right off the bat thinking that he might be just having psychological jolts from his past trauma. When folks start showing up dead, its obvious that the mirrors themselves are out of control. As the story digs deeper, it was more apparent that the haunting is actually rooted in one newer source than old phantoms. This creates a mystery thriller direction which on one hand completes the story nicely, but on the other hand is probably not horrific enough for my tastes. Mirrors 2 has a great first and 2nd act leaving the 33rd to be more resolved than for scream tactics. Still its a good film, to watch and fans of the first should dig alot of the same approaches. It still found several scenes a bit chilling especially when confronted by Doppelganger like reflections.
In recent reviews of the new thriller Mirrors 2, it seems the conceptual views of haunted mirrors and self mutilation were split down the middle. The idea that a soul or souls could haunt and influence from beyond the grave using only ones reflection was in fact in my mind a different take that hadn’t been explored fully in recent offerings. Sure, we have seen plenty of films with that 1 or 2 scenes where a ghostly invader attack from behind or makers that easily effective jump scene though out film history but to bring it full circle was definitely something that appealed to me.
I didn’t like Mirrors 2, but I enjoyed it – if that makes sense. The storyline is absurd, the ending even moreso; the spirit carries a grudge against quite a few people, some of which aren’t really even that bad. Yet, they are diced and sliced in bizarre, even perverse ways. I’m all for revenge, but damn – this spirit is pissed.