Superstition is the belief in the power of a particular object, circumstance, event, or occurrence, etc. to bestow calamity/benevolence with no logical, scientific reasoning behind it. Usually passed down through generations, indigenous cultures; it relies on the fear of the unknown, or faith in magic and the supernatural, but usually all three. We know these things could be explained away by coincidences or science, but the truth is that we like the thought of a little otherworldly assistance once in a while, especially when it comes to things that we want, such as using a lucky coin to scratch off a lottery card or not wearing sandals with socks to guarantee people will talk to you. It is something that is so ingrained into the cultural consciousness that we barely notice it any more, though many of them are staring us in the face on a daily basis, such as many modern buildings still missing out the 13th floor when numbering them, or waiting to tell people about a pregnancy until the three month mark has passed (maybe even just wearing baggy clothes until those adoption papers are signed sealed and delivered …but that’s just me.), or the breaking of a mirror sentencing your clumsy backside to seven years of bad luck (or normal luck if you live in my world), which probably stems from the fact they were hella expensive in ye olden days and was probably just one of the early parental scare tactics of the day.
I wish I could say that kids were less gullible nowadays, but you’ve seen Buckwild, and you know that I’d only be lying to you.
Mirrors are particular superstition filled items of furnishing in general, for it seems that every part of the world has some evil warning for the person that chooses to anger these mysterious yet inanimate objects. The Greek cover every mirror in a house when someone dies, so they cannot steal the soul of the deceased, Actors (known for their scientific minds and down to earth thinking) avoid being able to see themselves over the shoulder of another person in a reflective surface should bad luck befall their career(That is how Angelina does her make up as a rule presumably…), and they have been used in witchcraft and occult rituals for centuries. Even Lewis Carroll’s tale of Alice’s jaunt into the Looking Glass was reputed to be inspired by a particularly vivid hallucination while suffering from a bad case of the flu, in which he saw a group of seated hooded figures around his dining room table looking back at him in the mirror of his own house.
So you know, mirrors, use them to check that you haven’t lipstick on your teeth, but beware of their scary soul stealing vengeance.
Mirror Mirror follows Megan, the new goth girl at school, forced to start again in a new town with her mother, after the death of her beloved father. The mirror that she finds in her new bedroom used to belong to an occult obsessed old lady who had murdered her sister in front of it fifty years previous; so … bad juju aplenty here. Luckily, the mirror seems to be using it’s power to make good things happen, such as killing nineties skanks and getting the supposed hot boy to fall for her, but let’s face it, we’ve all seen Wishmaster, nothing’s ever that simple …
This is an unsung classic, both in terms of plot and sheer cheesy horror goodness. Karen Black is outstanding as usual, as the wonderfully weird, wig obsessed mother, and the Beetlejuice meets Heathers black humour, and comically repulsive characterisation is both funny (in a screwing up your face kind of way), and extremely entertaining. Teenage angst, monsters and witchcraft vs teenage bullies, is a combination that really never gets old, and reviewing this now 15 years since I last watched it, I would still place this in my top ten horror favourites of all time. If the genius of John Waters spliced with Winona Ryder’s awesome awkward phase sounds like something you could really get your teeth into then, get a copy of this bad boy as soon as you can, because believe me, you’ll definitely want to watch this more than once!