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Insomnio
post Aug 25 2016, 08:29 AM
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"Mirrors" is a supernatural horror film that came out in my country’s cinemas eight years ago! "Mirrors" was originally intended as the remake of the South Korean film "Into the Mirror", but the French director Alexandre Aja preferred to write his own script and was inspired by his own story. I did not intentionally read the plot before I watched it on DVD but neither had I seen its official trailer on YOUTUBE. However, I knew that it had satisfactory earnings in the worldwide box office!
The main character of the story is Ben Carson, a former police officer who takes a job as a night security guard in an old shopping center, which was destroyed by a fire in the past. There, Ben Carson will notice very quickly that the huge mirrors that exist within the building, exert a strange effect on him. Ben has to find out the terrifying secrets and releases the forces hidden in the mirrors so as to protect his family and his self. Alexandre Aja wrote the script along with Grégory Levasseur and further assisted both in the production of the film. The former had previously directed the French horror film "High Tension" and "The Hills Have Eyes". Although "High Tension" fully disappointed me with its last scene, "The Hills Have Eyes" totally scared me in its whole duration! So, Aja, had the suitable experience for this genre, despite his young age. "Mirrors" had several frightening scenes, fast evolution and an unpredictable ending. The interpretations were relatively good, Kiefer Sutherland portrayed the main character while the bust of the leading actress, Paula Patton, literally stole the show! Nevertheless, Ι have to admit that I did not like the opening scene, which I found it quite amateurish -directing and interpretation- and I did not like some sloppy technical effects. Still though, I would say that "Mirrors" is one of the decent horror movies of the previous decade and keeps your interest steady from beginning to end.
"Mirrors" is a horror film that will certainly divide the public. The fans of this genre will surely appreciate it while everyone else may feel underwhelmed by the total result. However, this does not mean that the film was bad since it had intensity, suspense and edge-nerving scenes. This means that it achieved its purpose as a horror film. All the rest belong to the personal sphere of each of us. Having said that, "Mirrors" received negative reviews worldwide and it has amassed an average score of 6,2 by IMDb users. I would highly recommend it to all those who are obsessed with their mirrors. And when you finished the movie, go and look in your personal mirrors.


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post Aug 26 2016, 08:24 AM
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"As Above, So Below" is a claustrophobic horror film that was released in US cinemas two years ago. However, this film was never aired in Greek cinemas and it went directly to the DVD market. The only thing I knew about this film was its cryptic title and for this reason I was very curious about the content of the movie before I watched it with my brother last December.
A young female archeologist, who holds a lot of knowledge and techniques in various subjects such as history, alchemy, etc., tries to discover the philosopher's stone. Together with a friend, who is a cameraman, will convince a former boyfriend of hers, who is also an archeologist, to descend to the catacombs of Paris in order to solve the hidden riddle in the tomb of an old alchemist. However, they will use the help of a group of three young French, who have explored the catacombs several times before. In their attempt to find the tomb of the alchemist, they will be confronted with their own past but with new strange situations too. “As Above, So Below" is a pretty scary movie which is based on an interesting script idea. The atmosphere of the film is daunting and the evolution of the plot keeps the viewer's interest steady throughout its duration. The film is full of tension and agony and you cannot be sure of what will happen at the ending. Will all of them survive, or only some or will they all die? The directing was signed by John Erick Dowdle, who also wrote the screenplay with his brother, Drew Dowdle. Having seen his previous directorial work on the big screen, Devil (2010), I can say that this man has a tendency to isolate the characters in enclosed spaces. In "Devil", the protagonists are trapped in a lift, while in "As Above, So Below", the protagonists are lost in the catacomb complex. We can realize that both of them are quite scary situations. I guess for the majority of people. Nevertheless, the technique of "shaky" camera was used in "As Above, So Below", it was very tedious in some parts of the movie and the last scene might disappoint a large proportion of the public.
"As Above, So Below" is definitely one of the best horror movies I've seen in the last five years! Although it did not cost an exuberant amount of money for Universal Pictures, in reality, it was only 5$ million to be precise, it managed to collect 8 times more the amount of its budget, making it automatically one of the most successful productions of 2014. It received mixed reviews worldwide as is common in almost all such films and it got an average score of 6.1 by IMDb users. Personally I really liked it and I think it is an ideal choice for all those who are crazy for horror films.


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