The final installment in producer Jimmy Lifton's demonic mirror quartet is a marked improvement over the previous film, returning the franchise to more familiar horror terrain, with the director's wife taking over the creative reins.
Unfolding like a “Twilight Zone” episode (along the lines of “Four Characters In Search of an Exit”), “Mirror Mirror 4” has the wandering characters bumping into the mournful widower from the previous film (reprised by Billy Drago), and largely takes place in a house during a hurricane.
An editor and music video director, Victor-Lifton relies heavily on thunderous cutaways and repeated flashbacks to extend the narrative, and without the nudity and gore from the early films, the script's inherent flaws are more pronounced. The digital video effects are pretty standard and generally effective, and Anchor Bay 's transfer is very crisp, with little visible compression. The colours are well-balanced, and the sound mix offers a cleaner dialogue track than all previous installments.
Given this is the final film in the independently-produced series, it's a shame producer Lifton didn't compile a rudimentary retrospective featurette, or offer any special features. The producers of “Hatred of a Minute” wisely decided to use Anchor Bay 's DVD as a means to illustrate the trials of producing and distributing an independent horror film for genre fans. With the “Mirror Mirror” franchise, the opportunity to examine the production realities of each film as indie horror flicks affected by the changing vagaries of Pay TV, foreign, home video, and rental markets was completely missed, and it's pretty clear by this point that MM4 exists solely as a cheap attempt to further the withering franchise in the rental maket, with a wan dip into tame eros terrain.
This title is available only as a bonus disc in Anchor Bay 's new “Mirror Mirror Collection,” which includes “Mirror Mirror," "Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance,” “Mirror Mirror 3: The Voyeur.”
© 2004 Mark R. Hasan
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