This comes from the pile of cheap DVDs I bought at various places and I can’t even remember half the time what made me buy them. It is another mystery ghost story that ticks all the usual boxes and doesn’t really offer anything new to the genre but it does it adequately I suppose from I can recall since even after two days I can’t remember much more than the basics.
A couple Deborah (Lisa Vidal) and Jim (David Chisum) Martin move into new house with their young son Ian (Joshua Pelegrin). They moved house because Jim got a job as software engineer. Deborah is a photographer so she’s searching for new job. The house is a fairly normal suburban family house but the estate agent told them it was owned by a famous artist. The house is full of old mirrors and the windows are all special glass imported from Italy.
The creepy things start happening when Deborah takes a photograph of the bathroom mirror. Actually it really starts when she takes a picture of a hall mirror which is one of a pair set opposite each other so there are endless reflections receding into the distance. The flash from her camera comes out of several mirrors including the one in the bathroom.
There’s an old Japanese woman living in the house across the road who is always watching the house and next door is a young actress Tammy (Christine Lakin) who is between jobs at the moment but she’s very happy to talk to Deborah. She tells Deborah some essential plot background about her house and why the old Japanese woman constantly watches them. Apparently the artist who lived in the house disappeared without a trace along with his family and the Japanese woman was their housekeeper. She constantly watches the house to try to find out what happened.
Deborah starts noticing strange things about the mirrors and windows in the house but neither Jim nor Ian see anything. She talks about her thoughts with her mother Grace (Lupe Ontiveros) who says she will help her investigate the house’s history. It is Grace who mentions prisms being used to keep spirits out and Deborah realises that’s what different about the window and they are the key to what has been happening.
Deborah starts having visions and then people she has photographed start disappearing. She desperately tries to get some help but Jim thinks something is wrong with her and the film certainly sets that up as a possibility with Deborah’s blackouts and visions.
This film was okay but it really didn’t do anything special. None of the characters were very convincing and Jim in particular seemed to go from loving and supportive to obstinate and suspicious as the plot needed to leave Deborah emotionally isolated. He also has a large amount of plot convenient overtime that he has to work which adds to Deborah’s isolation at key points in the story. I know there were other characters like police investigating the disappearances but they all left so little impression on me. When it got the big reveal at the end it wasn’t much of a surprise. It’s like a fairly forgettable TV movie and most of the deaths happening off-screen so it isn’t very gory or horrific.