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    The Bizarre Direct-To-Video Horror Film That Launched Mark Ruffalo’s Career

    All four “Mirror Mirror” movies, incidentally, are available on streaming services like Night Flight, Roku, Plex, and Tubi. These films can be easily seen, even if they’re not typically discussed. 

    “Mirror Mirror II” features the same mirror as the first “Mirror, Mirror,” but follows a new cast of characters. The protagonist is Marlee (Tracy Wells from “Mr. Belvedere”) a teenage orphan and aspiring dancer who lives in a creepy convent with her little brother. Several shady characters are after Marlee’s inheritance including Roddy McDowall, Sally Kellerman (playing Marlee’s stepsister), and the prolific B-movie actor William Sanderson who was also in the first “Mirror, Mirror.” The demonic mirror kills off the predatory characters at Marlee’s unspoken behest. Veronica Cartwright plays a blind nun with psychic powers. 

    Ruffalo’s character, Christian, appears out of the shadows from time to time to be generally creepy/charming. Is he part of the demon’s influence, or is he an angelic presence trying to help? I wouldn’t dare spoil the details of “Mirror Mirror II: Raven Dance.” To the film’s credit, there is a raven attack in the film. 

    “Mirror Mirror III: The Voyeur” is the film Ruffalo remembered on “Hot Ones.” The lead actress, Monique Parent, was in several soft-core sex thrillers throughout the ’90s including “Playboy’s Erotic Fantasies,” “Sins of Desire,” “Sexual Outlaws,” “Bikini Med School,” and “Revenge of the Calendar Girls.” She also played a character named Amber Dextrous in “Buford’s Beach Bunnies,” one of the few films to star Jim Hanks, Tom’s brother. Parent is extremely prolific to this day, having starred in five films in 2023. She is far more than a “Penthouse pornstar,” as Ruffalo described her.

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