The Scariest Mirror Scenes In Movie History
Get ready to be TERRIFIED.
By Gary Ogden
Nobody likes mirrors, do they? Especially you – imagine having to look at your stupid hair every morning, no thanks. Well, the movie-bods in movie-land have realised this and have capitalised on our fear of mirrors by using them to scare the reflection right off our heads on numerous occasions. In fact, on June 13th a movie all about a haunted mirror is being released – Oculus. So to celebrate, we thought we'd run down the ten scariest mirror scenes in movie history. Read them first, then REFLECT on them later, or something...
In the above clip, a man comes home after a hard day at work to find that the steak he'd been looking forward to all day has gone past the sell-by date. Obviously, he's pretty angry about the whole thing, so he decides to rip his face off in protest. Gone-off meat – now that's scary.
In this scene from The Shining, little Danny wakes his Mum up to show her who he thinks will win The Grand National that year by writing the name Red Rum on the door. Only thing is, silly Danny has put the two words too close together and when his groggy Mum sees it reflected in the mirror, it looks like he's written 'MURDER' instead. He gets grounded for nothing, basically.
Here's a bedtime story for you – it's the age old warning against saying 'Candyman' five times in the mirror. Watch the above clip to see what happens if you do. There are other things you shouldn't say in the mirror too though. Don't say 'Bloody Mary' three times in the mirror otherwise she'll appear and kill you. Don't say 'Beetlejuice' three times (doesn't have to be in front of a mirror) otherwise he'll appear and probably sneeze on you or something. And finally, don't say 'I'm beautiful' any number of times because you're not.
This whole film is about the dangers of mirrors and how they're all definitely evil. You can't go five minutes without seeing someone's reflection doing something different to what they're doing. Which incidentally, is really annoying isn't it? You're trying to pop a spot on your nose and your reflection keeps spinning around and getting its bum out. Haunted mirrors – the bane of an acne-sufferer's life.
Evil Dead II
This would be a good thing to happen in real life, no? You're practising chat-up lines before a big date, and just as you start to say “If you could be an animal, which one would you be?”, your reflection bursts out of the mirror to give you a good shake, and maybe some helpful tips. You know, like “Stop talking about how much you like Dungeons & Dragons, nobody cares.”
Don't you hate it when you're just pottering about in your room, minding your own business, listening to some tunes and then you shut the door and there's an evil old man from Hell in your room and you end up getting sucked into a mirror to a world of pain and death? What? That's actually happened to you? We were just being metaphorical – you know, for like when your Dad catches you doing something...unsavoury.
You'd think that giant rabbits would be all cute and fun (apart from their poos), but Donnie Darko had to go and ruin it by making its giant rabbit into an absolutely terrifying mirror-dwelling death-creature. Imagine what that abomination's poos look like.
Ok, the above scene isn't actually that scary, but it'll certainly make you jump as soon as you realise what the hell has just happened. If you didn't catch it first time, watch it again – IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE HELP.
The Last Exorcism Part II
Another cheat here, sorry – it's not actually from a movie. However, it is part of the promotion for a movie – The Last Exorcism Part II (great title there, guys). It's one of those prank videos that seem to be popular at the moment, and luckily, it's a bloody brilliant one. We think the prank would have been even funnier if they'd also shaved all of the customers' hair off, but that's just us.
And as an extra special treathere's a video of a load of people (including us) getting the bums frightened off our lower-backs before a screening of Oculus...