movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Official Site] Watched with Parthena, in our continuing quest to watch all mirror-related horror movies. (Completed: Prince Of Darkness, Mirrors … Still to go: Into The Mirror.)

PLOT SUMMARY: Mirrors… They’re still creepy. Cameras, too.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Bitchy mother becomes murderer.

PEOPLE: Starring TV actress Lisa Vidal, TV actor David Chisum (Penis Pal Glen in The Onion Movie, and a reporter in 1 episode of 24). And their son? He was Marwan’s son in an episode of 24. Weird. The “super hot” chick was played by Christine Lakin (Red in Super Capers, Step By Step, the Reefer Madness musical). Main characters mother was played by Lupe Ontiveros, who is in Todd Solondz’s Storytelling (which we are about to watch), as well as Cheech & Chong‘s Next Movie (1980). One of the creepy douchebags from the interview scene – John Newton – played Clark Kent in the 1980s Superboy series, and was in Melrose Place. The real estate agent, Jean Carol, is a random cougar in the movie Cougar Club, which we are about to watch, and is also in Guiding Light.

VISUALS: Not super visual, but there are moments of very insane visuals. They don’t really pan out into anything substantive, but they do help set the mood.

BAD STUFF: Not generally well-received by most people, thus the low 5.3/10 IMDB rating. Bad acting in many parts. The main character is a bitch — such a bitch! And her husband? Kind of a moron. A lot of over-acting / bad-acting. The movie Mirrors was scarier, but this was definitely scarier than Prince Of Darkness.

CONCLUSION: The end of this movie was definitely better than the beginning. The beginning was mostly 2- and 3-star scenes, but by the end, we were given many 4-star scenes and 5-star moments. I will reluctantly give it 4 stars — but a low 4 stars. Only because the ending helped save it. It definitely had its suspenseful, creepy moments. In fact, most of the movie took place in the day, and was still creepy. It’s harder to pull off creepy during the day, than during the night, so they earned bonus points for that.

RATINGS:

While none of us could completely agree on how many stars to give it, we all felt it was an “IMDB 7/10”:

Clint: Netflix: 3.6/5 stars (a low 4-star movie). IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Parthena: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.3/10, Netflix: 2.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.8/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION/SIMILAR MOVIES: If you specifically like mirror horrors, see this for completionism’s sake. It’s comparable to The Broken; maybe a bit worse. It’s not as good as Mirrors. It’s better than Prince Of Darkness.

Mood: wondernig if there’s a way murder could solve this problem
Music: NoFX – The Death Of John Smith