Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
The most memorable shower scene in horror history will likely always be the unexpected slaying of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, but direct-to-video sequel Mirrors 2 can, if nothing more, at least be proud of the fact that it earned its place on a top 10 list of such scenes.
Yes, a sequel to Alexandre Aja’s 2008 film was released direct-to-video in 2010, whether anyone was asking for it or not. Victor Garcia, the man behind other DTV sequels Return to House on Haunted Hill and Hellraiser: Revelations, sat in the director’s chair for Mirrors 2, which starred Nick Stahl in the Kiefer Sutherland role.
People die. The mirrors are to blame. You know the drill.
There may not be all that much that makes Mirrors 2 memorable, but it does treat us to a kill scene around the 20-minute mark that’s worth spotlighting. After a fairly gratuitous shower scene, a woman (played by Christy Carlson Romano) is spooked by her own reflection, causing her to slip and crash through the glass door of her shower.
But things get real ugly when a sharp piece of glass breaks free from the frame, slicing her head clean off. The kill is foreshadowed by a pretty horrible mess of CGI that Stahl’s character witnesses in a department store mirror, but the death itself is impressively pulled off with practical effects.
Nothing beats a good decapitation, am I right?