The mirror is also one of the most consistently used devices in horror movies. It usually goes something like this: a person goes up to one of those combined mirror/medicine cabinets (and I’ve never lived in a place that had a medicine cabinet; for the longest time I thought they just existed in movies, but I’ve used friends’ bathrooms, and some of them have medicine cabinets), I say, they go up to a medicine cabinet, they open it, fish around in it for a bit, and then close it, and suddenly there’s some scary shit right behind them reflected in the mirror that wasn’t there before. Now, the old ghost-in-the-medicine-cabinet-mirror gag is hardly original, but I understand why filmmakers keep doing it; it is the ultimate jump scare; I am never not scared when I see this in movies, even though I’ve seen it done to death.
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And hopefully someday the time will come when we can make a mirror-horror movie along Borgesian lines, where the implication of infinity will be enough to fill us with unspeakable dread.