- NTSC DVD-5
Those Darn Mirrors (an extra about the impact of villains in this horror movie: 9 minutes)
Teaser (1 minute)
CBB Overview for all 33 fanedits
- recolored the movie (blue +40%, desaturated 30%) to get rid of the yellow tinting.
- removed beginning (reason: it was a too typical horror movie beginning and actually not scary, it destroyed the tension from the very start about the mirrors)
- replaced beginning credits with my own (although interestingly done, it again spoiled the tension and the score was over dramatic)
- cut door closing (the mirrors should not be able to do that – telekinesis was never mentioned)
- cut Ben Carson (Kiefer) on fire (the CGI fire did not look too good and the scene was too much anyway)
- cut Ben’s reference to the burning (now he’s just talking about the weird images)
- cut Ben explaining the magic of the mirrors to Amy (his ex-wife) (it is totally unbelievable and Ben is still sane enough to know that his wife is of all persons the wrongest one to tell that)
- cut screaming without looking in a mirror scene (the mirrors can only cause an audio sound, when someone looks in them)
- cut mirror Ben shooting at Ben in the mirror room (too much effect that destroys the scene for me. The demon wants Ben to do something, it would not try killing him)
- cut Ben’s “dammit”, when he is left alone with Anne Esseker’s file in the car (he actually should be happy he finally has some results. This was overacting IMO.)
- cut some of the goodbye scene of Ben and his family (dragging because too much clichÃ�)
- cut Ben saying “my family won’t die tonight” to Anna (because nothing is happening to Ben’s family in my cut)
- removed all the mirror horror that happens to Ben’s family (especially the drowning of Michael in the wooden floor was really not working well, because the rules of the mirror reality were bent too much there)
- cut over-the-top parts from first Anna fight (mainly the ones where she is doing impossible moves)
- cut over-the-top parts from second Anna fight (dragging Ben too long, spiderwalk, tongue and where she inflicts deadly damage)
- cut third Anna fight entirely (dead is dead is dead)
- removed Ben’s family happy ending
August 18, 2010 @ 5:06 am
Wow! What a great fanedit! I have never seen the original theatrical release, and judging from the deleted scenes Boon put in the bonus features, I’m very glad I didn’t waste my time with it. The edit itself is flawlessly executed (I didn’t notice any of the video issues mentioned in the description, and I AM a nitpicker) and I would have mistaken it for a theatrical release if I didn’t know. This is how to edit! As cinema it’s far from great and very dÃ©jÃ vu (I loved the first half… back when it was called The Shining) but it’s very watchable, holds interest and effectively builds suspense, which it wouldn’t with the deleted stuff back in. This may have originally sucked! The “family horror” sequence particularly, whould have annoyed me to no end. There are few commonplaces I detest more than children in danger in a Hollywood horror movie, because you KNOW they won’t dare to actually kill them off and something or someone will always save them, so there’s no suspense. But, everything Boon removed sucked. He removed a lot, and it sucked a lot. I only lament he kept the dove fake scare near the beginning.
The extra features are very nice. Apart from the deleted stuff and the usual CBB overview, there’s a very nice featurette about the mirror demon that feels very professional and reminded me a lot in style of the ones they used to air in Calle 13 (a Spanish TV channel specialized in horror and Sci-Fi).
This actually replaces Red Dragon as my favorite CBB fanedit. Get back to it, Boon! And it gets one of my rare 10/10 ratings.
A couple of curious things about the movie itself:
-Who had the idea of using AlbÃ©niz’s “Asturias” as ominous horror music?
-And who had the idea of incluiding a New York landscape shot that displays the World Trade Center in a 2008 movie set in the present?
February 11, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
Can’t say anything that hasn’t been said before. Best horror movie ever with Kiefer: now.
What I liked best about it is the new ending without the family and the toned down Anna fight. It was short, but frightening and thrilling. My g’friend loved it. So I loved it.
And from watching one would never guess this was ever tempered with. You are a magician.
January 21, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
A solid improvement over the original yet the source material still retains its disadvantages. The editing is faultless, as is the sound design but I feel some more poorly acted scenes could have been removed such as the cliched and poorly acted/directed opening argument with the estranged wife. Removing this scene and cutting directly to Ben’s first night as a security guard would have added to the isolation and loneliness of the main character.
All the other scenes removed are done so for good reason. There is a cool extra called “Those Darn Mirrors” that breaks down the faults in logic of the original version. I also liked the colour correction, which brings a much needed coldness (and crispness) to the image. 8/10