Set in a run down mansion in rainy Dorset, a struggling artist discovers a mysterious gift left at his front door. A mirror! He is instantly captivated by it. His guest arrives, a struggling author (Jonathan Rhodes). Both are battling. Our author has just failed at his marriage, and our artist is running from the commercialism that seeks to corrupt his artistic pangs. In his studio, the haunted artist seems to slowly wind down the path of madness with every glance into his foreboding mirror. Suddenly, all of his surroundings...human or inanimate, become his tormentors. Watch closely, as this film is steeped with symbolism and metaphor, as the beautiful peacocks with their piercing and twisted cries suggests.
Is our artist having a bout of intense introspection, or a dive into madness? You'll see. Has the mirror opened a gateway into some ancient pagan evil, or is it a true reflection of an inner self ready to explode onto the screen? As the artist is consumed, the movie turns quite horrifying. What started out as a psychological thriller, also turns into a bloody horror story. With his allegiances quickly attached to something ominous, the artist begins to act out at what he believes is an unworthy force...the meaningless existence of the irrelevant lifestyle most of us have adopted. If it is too late for him to turn back, the outcome will be......well let's just say the blood will flow bright red. In harm's way are his buddy the author, and the model he is supposed to paint. However mad the artist is, these two supporting characters are likable and we have no trouble identifying with their plights.
In an odd combination, "Through the Looking Glass" works well as a film that could be studied at UCLA's film school, or as a horror film at a horror film convention. Tragic at times, suspenseful most of the time, bloody, and thought provoking....enjoy the ride. Be warned, this is one you'll want to see again. A second viewing will cause you to say, "Wow! I missed that the first go-around." This film is available at TheWorkshopPresents.com