Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Thanks to a conveniently spliced youtube video posted by Rich Juzwiak at fourfour.com of all of the greatest mirror-scare scenes of all-time, I was reminded of how much untapped hatred I have towards this occurence.

Surely horror filmmakers know that this is the most convenient, overused and played-out gimmick in the genre, so why do we get 4-5 of these a year? (The Unborn and Orphan come to mind.) Is this like the visual equivalent of the Wilhelm Scream?

Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere also took offense, claiming that the grand-daddy of all mirror-shock scenes is the one from Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965), which is absent from the video.

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