Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Exlusive clip!

Still not sure if you want to see the film?

The Arrow, over at JoBlo.com has an exclusive clip. Check it out!
"Dark Mirror" exclusive clip

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Reviews for DARK MIRROR are In! ("Thrilling" "spooky" "cool" & more...)

From Ronnie Scheib at VARIETY:


“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."


“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:

“Excellent!” “Suspenseful!”

“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."


"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:

“Cool!” “Creepy!”

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

Dark Mirror Starts Today!

You can watch our film right now on IFC On Demand! (click here for more info)

Thanks to everyone who made this journey possible. And a toast to the next film.