Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 2000’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Double the kills, double the gore!
We switch to a completely different storyline with a new cast but in the same desolated building Mirrors started in. Kiefer Sutherland and Amy Smart have been replaced by Nick Stahl and Emmanuelle Vaugier. This is a reasonable compromise for a sequel. The budget is reasonable as well. The characters are either flat or dumb but it just so happens that this franchise has been turned into a slasher.
You can therefore expect a body count and gore more creative, at times, than what Part 1 had in store. The biggest annoyance, here, is that Nick Stahl’s character starts broken and never gets any better. He is permanently damaged and comes with a depressive aura that the film could do without. The second biggest flaw the writers make is indulging too much in mirrors as a narrative device.
Overall, Mirror 2 is a nice surprise. Some might even prefer it over Part 1. It is structured like most supernatural horror films but contains enough fresh material to catch the viewer off guard once in a while. It is accessible, simple, sometimes predictable but innovative otherwise. The actors are excellent, the dialogue flows, the script is strategic and the directing is irreproachable.