“I can’t get away from it — it keeps haunting me.”
A woman (Suzanna Love) whose mute brother (Nicholas Love) killed their mother’s abusive boyfriend as a child is now happily married with a husband (Ron James) and son (Raymond Boyden) of her own, but suffers from repeated nightmares. Upon advice from her psychiatrist (John Carradine), she goes back to her childhood home, which unwittingly sets in motion a chain of supernatural events related to a spiritually possessed mirror.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Horror Films
- John Carradine Films
German director Ulli Lommel — whose career in film started with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and then shifted to working with Andy Warhol in New York — helmed this unusual supernatural horror flick, which starts off seeming like a straightforward slasher film (a man is traumatized by a brutal crime he committed as a child and will continue to act out), but quickly moves in unexpected directions. It’s filled with many effectively filmed moments, drawing inspiration from Halloween (1978), The Amityville Horror (1979), and The Exorcist (1973) — and while it’s not entirely successful, it will surely please fans of the genre.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Effective direction and cinematography
No, though it’s worth a look by horror fans. Listed as a Sleeper in the back of Peary’s book, which makes sense.