|Rating: 6.5/10 (70,607 votes)
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writer: Mike Flanagan (screenplay), Jeff Howard (screenplay), Mike Flanagan (based on a short screenplay by), Jeff Seidman (based on a short screenplay by)
Stars: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane
Runtime: 104 min
Released: 11 Apr 2014
|Plot: A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.|
The film takes place in two different times: the present and 11 years earlier. The two plotlines are told in parallel through flashbacks. In 2002, software engineer Alan Russell moves into a new house with his wife Marie, 10-year-old son Tim, and 12-year-old daughter Kaylie. Alan purchases an antique mirror to decorate his office. Unknown to them, the mirror is malevolent and supernaturally induces hallucinations in both adults; Marie is haunted by visions of her own body decaying, while Alan is seduced by a ghostly woman named Marisol, who has mirrors in place of eyes.
Over time, the parents become psychotic; Alan increasingly isolates himself in his office, and Marie becomes withdrawn and paranoid. During the same period, all of the plants in the house die, and the family dog disappears after being locked in the office with the mirror. After Kaylie sees Alan interact with Marisol and tells her mother, Marie goes insane and attempts to kill her children. Alan overpowers her and chains her to their bedroom wall. When the family runs out of food, the children attempt to seek help from their neighbors, who disbelieve their stories. Attempting to contact doctors or the authorities, Kaylie discovers that all of her phone calls are answered by the same man, who admonishes her to speak with her father.