Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The DVD's got a deleted scene, commentary with Pablo Proenza, Erin Ploss-Campoamor, and Lisa Vidal (where we talk crap about everyone), and a behind-the-scenes documentary (including some pretty funny footage of David Chisum "hitchhiking" in an attempt to escape the film set).
You can order Dark Mirror now through Netflix, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
The feedback continues to be great!
Evil On Two Legs chose Dark Mirror as their "Pick of the Week"
Horror Squad called Dark Mirror "Best of The New Releases"
Literal Remains called Dark Mirror "A provocative horror thriller with a killer twist!"
Express Milwaukee says "The story hooked me"
DVD Talk calls Dark Mirror a "slow-burn horror film" with "fun jump scares"
DVD Verdict says "There is quite a lot to like about this one."
Pop Syndicate says Dark Mirror has "Honestly scary moments with one truly unpredictable twist after another."
Sunday, September 27, 2009
TO BUY TICKETS:
At the box office:
LALIFF / 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 359
Los Angeles CA 90028
Over the phone:
CAST & CREW WILL BE PRESENT:
Writer/director - PABLO PROENZA
"Deborah" - LISA VIDAL
"Grace" - LUPE ONTIVEROS
"Jim" - DAVID CHISUM
Producer - ERIN PLOSS-CAMPOAMOR
When: October 14th, 11:45pm
Where: Mann Chinese
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
"Lisa Vidal discusses her starring turn in DARK MIRROR, which has won over fans [and] quickly become the most watched film in the history of IFC Films Festival Direct Video-on-Demand."
"Fangoria: I know this was Pablo Proenza's first feature length film. I personally thought he did an excellent job. What was it like working with the young filmmaker?
Lisa Vidal: Pablo was awesome, he was wonderful. He really impressed me... Whenever I needed advice, I was able to get it from him. He was very smart, he had great instincts about his characters…and yet he was still very, very open to suggestion. He respected that I was a seasoned actress and that I had instincts about certain things...we had a very trusting relationship with each other. And I think that’s very important as an actor especially when you’re a lead and you’re carrying the film - there’s so much intensity involved."
"Fangoria: The film has been receiving some great reviews, from some excellent media outlets. I’ve read quite a bit of praise for both the film and your performance in particular. How does it feel to see the film so warmly embraced?
Lisa Vidal: My goodness, let me tell you - I was surprised! To me it was always a small film, it was so creative and independent, it was smart - but I was surprised to find how many people were watching it... It’s become a lot bigger than I even expected, which is always a nice surprise. The reviews have been awesome. There’s no better feeling than people really digging the film and performances, and getting into it. It’s been awesome - a great ride."
To read the rest of the interview, go to Fangoria's website.
"The saying goes, 'Behind every great man is a great woman.' And that's certainly the case when it comes to writer/director Pablo Proenza and his wife/producer, Erin Ploss-Campoamor, who with that phrase and the plight of overlooked 'great women' in mind crafted Dark Mirror, a haunted-house chiller that also manages to thought-provokingly examine women's roles in the modern world. The movie (currently airing via IFC video-on-demand and debuting on DVD later this year) was inspired by the couple's ideas, worries and one great location: their own home."
"'Pablo came up with the concept soon after we moved into this cool old house, which was filled with beautiful cut glass windows,' Ploss-Campoamor says. 'At first it was really nice, but after a while, it started to feel more like we were living in a giant fishbowl.'
"'You'd see movement and not know where it came from,' adds Proenza. 'Or at night, you might see a figure out of the corner of your eye and your heart would skip a beat... 'While all of this was happening, we were trying to get a couple of different movies made,' Ploss-Campoamor says. 'It was starting to look like it might never happen for us. We were reaching an age where we wanted to have a kid, and we just felt trapped. How to be parents and still have a film career? How to be artists and still make money?... All this stuff just started percolating,' she continues, 'and Pablo began writing about a woman trapped inside this supernatural glass house.'"
"Their diligent casting agents led them to audition Lisa Vidal, who puts in a strong performance as Deborah Martin, the film's protagonist...'We saw a lot of women, but Lisa blew us away,' Proenza says, and Ploss-Campoamor interjects, 'Then she showed up on set and continued to blow us away."
"Proenza adds, 'I believe she saw this as a great opportunity. There are so few good roles for women.' Which, as the film contemplates, rings true in life as well as in the movie biz.
"Ploss-Campoamor explains, 'We wanted Dark Mirror to have something to say, a commentary on how hard it still is for women to be moms and have careers. We found it crazy how in some ways, things haven't changed that much in the past 40 years, and women are still struggling with a lot of the same issues.' The film explores this lack of progression through the house's backstory - a supernatural murder mystery involving a famous painter, his neglected spouse and the gateways between the worlds the house's mirrors and other glass surfaces represent."
"In employing these horrific elements, Proenza was able to convince his wife that scary movies don't just prompt chills in your spine. 'Horror is more in tune with core feelings than other genres,' he says. 'It gives a way into our basest, most animalistic feelings. Jeckell and Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein - these aren't just characters; they represent us and the world we live in. Horror is absolutely the way to explore these ideas. The truth is, even without trying to imbue your film with 'meaning,' if you make a horror movie, it's already there. You're working through something.'"
To read more of Samuel Zimmerman's article "DARK MIRROR: Dying in Glass Houses," buy a copy of Fangoria Magazine, issue #285, dated Aug 2009.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Being Hispanic myself, I know I can be overly critical of movies with Latinos in the lead role. We tend to allow ourselves to be embarrassed in ways that would make even AMOS 'N' ANDY say “Seriously fellas, take it down a notch.” Mainstream studios tend to cast us as either gang-bangers or hotel maids and when we actually make our own movie, it's for the lowest common denominator, typically crappy shot-on-video comedies with names like C[H]ULOS IN DA TAQUERIA or SPRING BREAK VATOS, with characters that come off like third-rate Homies figures and with half as much personality. What's wrong with casting a Hispanic as just a regular guy? Maybe an accountant? They just happen to be Hispanic...can we move out of this cinematic barrio, just once?
... Deftly mixing a handful of honestly scary moments with one truly unpredictable twist after another, director Pablo Proenza excels in the type of classic filmmaking Polanski did in the 60s—the kind you wish Polanski himself would return to. The whole thing is a thinking man's mind-screw with no easy answers.
... The cast is great, especially Lisa Vidal as the aforementioned Deb—it's pretty much her show to carry and, when the ending is uncovered, without giving away any spoilers, you'll fully realize the whole power of her performance, because, man, I had no clue. None.
... DARK MIRROR: a mature, thought-out scare film that doesn't talk down to me or treat me like an imbecile. That's all I ask.
There's a lot more at louisfowler.blogspot.com and he's got some hilarious asides.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
“Defying logic while continuously flirting with it, Pablo Proenza's debut feature about a haunted house -- or a woman's madness, or both -- sustains suspense throughout, thanks in part to the tour-de-force perf[ormance] of Lisa Vidal as the eye of the spectral storm.”
“In the tradition of The Uninvited, Repulsion, The Others and recent J-horror… Proenza adds another turn of the screw… to his spin on the genre.”
From Louis Fowler at DAMAGED 2.0:
"Creepy!" "A really good movie."
"Deftly mixing a handful of honestly scary moments with one truly unpredictable twist after another, director Pablo Proenza excels in the type of classic filmmaking Polanski did in the 60s."
From FATALLY YOURS:
“Intriguing!” “Thrilling!” “A stunning finale.”
“Lisa Vidal was great as Deb. She really kept the viewer guessing as to whether she was crazy or if something evil really was responsible. Her character really makes the audience appreciate working (or even single) mothers, who play the dual roles of raising a child as well as pursuing a career. The rest of the cast did a fantastic job as well.”
From Samuel Zimmerman at FANGORIA:
“Proenza’s capable direction imbues the [film] with atmosphere and dread.”
“The strongest part of Dark Mirror, and the key reason to see it, is Vidal’s performance. The story is her journey, and she owns the film as a woman struggling with her role in the world... Dark Mirror examines women[‘s] constant fight between being... moms and career women, and why they can’t be accepted as both... It’s nice to see a film exploring these avenues, especially in a genre often perceived to be misogynistic.”
“Dark Mirror [with its] small but talented cast and crew, does what it does well and intelligently.”
From Cyberhal at QUIET EARTH:
“Twists and turns all over the place.”
“I would like to thank first time director Mr. Proenza, from the bottom of my heart, for the scene in which the incredibly tasty Tammy (Christine Lakin) stands in her bikini, holding a pistol in her hand, and play acts a heist: cheers mate, here’s to you, won't forget it.”
From Michael Allen at 28 DAYS LATER ANALYSIS:
"A hypnotic scenario from writer[s] Matthew Reynolds [and Pablo Proenza]."
"A clever...quickly moving story."
"The final reveal [is definitely] worthwhile."
"Dark Mirror does not copy the original 1946 film and instead draws a more sinister character as [its] antagonist...a trapped and bitter spirit, [who] manipulates those in [its] spiritual prison...Bypassing the shallow blood and gore, Dark Mirror [instead] brings tension and mystery [to the genre.]"
From Brian Harris at WILDSIDE CINEMA:
"Some will undoubtedly compare Dark Mirror to films like Aja’s Mirrors...but not to worry as it just doesn’t have the carnage (or over-the-top scene chewing of Sutherland) contained in Mirrors."
"Lisa Vidal did a great job and really brought life to her character."
From BrianTT at HOLLYWOODCHICAGO:
"Vidal [is] very, very good...I kept wondering while I was watching it why this actress wasn’t a bigger star. She’s beautiful and does excellent work in Dark Mirror."
From Mike Bracken at HORROR GEEK:
"Vidal’s performance is the highlight of the film. Her portrayal of Deborah [makes] you genuinely feel as though she’s a real person and not a character in a movie."
"A well-defined feminist streak...runs through the entire film. Vidal’s Deborah is... surprisingly well-drawn [as she] juggles being a mother, a wife, [and] trying to find work again as a photographer."
From Cynthia Fuchs at POP MATTERS:
"Deb’s dilemmas [seem to be] finding work [with] a couple of misogynistic dolts and sorting out her strained relationship with her mother. With all this going on, it’s no surprise that she loses track of… her increasingly jumbled self-image.”
From Matt-suzaka at PARACINEMA:
“Dark Mirror has some fantastic, very realistic dialogue. Sounds like real people talking, especially when Deborah and husband Jim are interacting with each other…”
“There's some great talent attached to this film, with director Proenza's direction, the music, …acting, and the film’s style, all done nicely on a meager budget. … Overall, there are enough good points to make Dark Mirror a worthwhile view, plus it's under 90 minutes, so it's a quick watch to boot.”
“Overall the acting is good… most notably David Chisum, who when interacting with Vidal [has] great chemistry... Of course, the driving force of Dark Mirror is the very easy on the eyes, Lisa Vidal, who puts forth a solid performance, as she really carries the film on her back as Deborah."
“Armando Salas’ cinematography is solid…the film has a nice dreamlike quality to it... I also dug how the film quality changed whenever Deb looked at herself in a mirror, it had a really cool filtered alternate reality look about it.”
“I also really enjoy[ed] the film’s score done by Pieter A. Schlosser and Isaac Sprintis, as it is very haunting, simple, and never obtrusive…I am always a sucker for a little creepy piano.”
"[But it’s] Vidal's performance [that really conveys] the underlying message of Dark Mirror. The mental struggle of a wife and mother stuck at home ... having a difficult time resurrecting her photography career, the loneliness she feels [with her] husband… always at work, having to take care of their child all by herself. This leads to Deb having a lot of time... to dwell on her own thoughts, as she becomes more and more delusional, or so it seems... Makes you wonder, is there really a killer or spirit behind the deaths? [Or] is it all in Deb's own head?”
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Originally, this entry was necessary to explain the very complicated process involved in watching Dark Mirror (check out the instructions below for a good laugh. It's a lot easier now.
UPDATE: After a very long run (extended a few times) and breaking all kinds of records for IFC Films, Dark Mirror is no longer available OnDemand.
The good news is...
Dark Mirror will be available on DVD on November 3rd! (and you can pre-order it now).
If you live in LA and can't wait that long, there will be a screening at the Mann Chinese on October 14.
Dark Mirror is available on IFC On Demand from May - Aug, 2009!
Turn on your Cable TV and choose ON DEMAND, then IFC FESTIVAL DIRECT, then MOVIES, then IFC IN THEATERS.
Cable TV operators that carry IFC On Demand:
* Bright House
* CableVision (On Demand, also on Ch. 508)
* Comcast (Ch. 1)
* Cox (Ch. 1)
* Time Warner (Ch. 1)
IFC On Demand is not yet available on Direct TV, Verizon Fios, Dish Network, or other cable providers not listed above. Note that IFC On Demand is different than the IFC Channel.
Just to clear up some confusion...
"Dark Mirror" is NOT playing on the IFC Channel.
It's available through your Cable TV provider through "ON DEMAND" when you choose the following: "IFC FESTIVAL DIRECT" > "MOVIES" > "IFC IN THEATERS."
"Dark Mirror" is NOT playing just in LA.
You can watch it On Demand anywhere in the U.S.
"Dark Mirror" is NOT playing just on May 6.
You can watch it anytime between May - Aug, 2009.
Watching "Dark Mirror" On Demand is like watching it on TiVo or on DVD. You can select it one day & finish watching it another day.
And if you don't have IFC On Demand, we strongly encourage you to organize a viewing party with a friend who does!
We hope this clears up any confusion.
Please click on the link below if you still have questions!
"Dark Mirror" On Demand
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ralf Weinfurtner, Erin Ploss-Campoamor, Daeg Faerch, Lisa Vidal, Pablo Proenza, David Chisum, Matt Reynolds
We had a great time at the Weekend of Horrors. We showed the trailer and a couple of scenes, then had an fun discussion about making the movie. Special thanks to Sam, our moderator, who rocked it.
Then we got to sign autographs and meet the fans.
Gotta say, Fangoria knows how to put on a good party and horror fans know how to have fun. Lots of costumes, blood and a few disturbing images that will never go away. (on a personal note, I was excited to see Clive Barker, Corey Haim, and meet Fred Williamson in the little free time available.)
The full album on Flickr and on Facebook.
Photos by Javier Proenza.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Fangoria's Weekend of Horror at the LA Convention Center THIS WEEKEND. Come on by and introduce yourselves!
Lisa Vidal, David Chisum, and Daeg Faerch (plus director Pablo Proenza and producer Erin Ploss-Campoamor) will all be talking about the movie and signing autographs! We'll show the trailer and a clip or two.
Sunday April 19th @ 1:15pm
Location: LA Convention Center (1201 South Figeroua), West Hall Building.
The Panel will be in Room 502 A (2nd floor, upstairs).
Other speakers at the Weekend of Horror include Sam Raimi,
Ron Pearlman, Clive Barker and Jordan Ladd (the full
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
We've added a new downloads section with a cool new wallpaper of Christine Lakin as well as cast and crew pages. Downloads also has an avatar/buddy icon and a hi-res printable version of the poster.
There is more to come (working on the trailer) so stay tuned!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Mark your calendars... plan to get together with your friends (scary movies are always better when you have someone to cling to)...
Dark Mirror opens nationwide on May 6th!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
We're very excited to be part of one of the last standing independent distributors. Known for releasing smart, unique films (like Steven Soderbergh's latest, Che), IFC Films has been championing independent cinema for years.
Dark Mirror will be part of a new digitally-distributed midnight series brand. We'll announce more (like when and where to watch it) as we learn more ourselves.