"Mirror Images 2" is Good, Sleazy, Hot Fun
|"Mirror Images II" (1993).|
Shannon Whirry had a whirlwind career in Hollywood. After doing the usual waitress gig and studying acting, in the early 1990s she suddenly started getting major gigs. Her breakthrough role was the 1992 erotic thriller "Animal Instincts," directed by Gregory Dark of adult film fame (the Dark Brothers). That led to a number of other collaborations between the two (with Dark sometimes working under various pseudonyms), one of which was "Mirror Images II" (1993).
|You see Doctor, my problem is... my, what nice eyes you have.|
Why did Shannon Whirry become Greg Dark's muse, you may well ask? Well, look at her! That was a time when cable was burgeoning in popularity, and the multiplying channels were hungry for sexy product to fill late-night air time. Hard-core adult film starlets were still considered unusable, so producers turned to "innocent" novice actresses such as Shannon, Misty Mundae, Shannon Tweed, Julie Strain, Krista Allen, Rochelle Swanson, Delia Sheppard, Julian Wells and even Carmen Electra, Madonna and Pamela Anderson.
|"Mirror Images II" is very romantic.|
They all became soft-core adult film starlets to one degree or another. Shannon was one of the most successful, starring in a string of sexy thrillers. It didn't hurt that she reportedly was married to Dark, a veteran hardcore director (this marriage, though, if it did occur, does not appear in their official bios). Of course, that raises all sorts of questions about how "innocent" Shannon was, but she never (to my knowledge) did actual hardcore (not that she wasn't asked). Anyway, this part of the story is very murky.
|Sara Suzanne Brown in a hot scene with Luca in "Mirror Images II."|
|Shannon and her housekeeper's boyfriend, out in the pool in "Mirror Images II."|
|Signed photo by Shannon Whirry from her role as Velda in "Mike Hammer."|
The acting, with only a couple of exceptions, is that of a decent college production, and the entire cast - bar none - looks as if it roughly the same age, with 30 as the median. There are no children, no teens, no Seniors, no middle-aged matriarchs, nothing like that. Every single person, naturally, is in the prime of his or her sexual life, well beyond the age of consent, and experienced in the ways of life.
|Shannon is great at looking perplexed, then taking her clothes off anyway in "Mirror Images II."|
There was indeed a "Mirror Images I," but Shannon was not in it. Delia Sheppard and Julie Strain took care of that one. The only relation that one has to this one is that it involves an actress playing twins. The producer of "Mirror Images II," Andrew Garroni, did a string of these types of films in the '90s, then pretty much disappeared - like Shannon. Hmmmmmm. Probably their best film together was "Animal Instincts II" (1994). But, "Mirror Images II" has some delectable scenes of its own. My favorite is at the very beginning, when the "bad" sister seduces the "good" sister's boyfriend, then they are discovered humpus interruptus by the good sister. Uh oh!
|There is a lot of affection in "Mirror Images II."|
All right, sorry, I know I keep getting off-track, but the story behind these films is better than the films themselves. Anyway, this one features the old standard plot of a "good" twin and a "bad" twin. Why one is good and the other bad (there wouldn't be much of a story if they were both good, now would there?) eventually is explained, but you won't care and the explanation really doesn't make much sense anyway. Unfortunately for us, the dim plot first keeps the twins separated, but eventually they cross paths again and even start acting alike, to the extent of impersonating each other. No, they do not get it on together - now that would be a real trick, right? But it would have busted the budget to figure out how to pull that off.
|Shannon looking in the mirror, which isn't really a big theme in the film at all despite it being called "Mirror Images II."|
The storyline of "Mirror Images II" is increasingly difficult to follow because it becomes unclear whether the "bad" one is having sex with the "good" one's man and so on. Is that the good one, or the bad one playing the good one? Carrie, or Terrie? Hard to tell unless you are really focusing, and the only cue usually is what they are wearing... but they aren't usually wearing very much. I tried to pay attention, but still was baffled at several points. Who knows, that ambiguity may have been intended, but it was not good confusion. Rather, it was the "who the heck is that supposed to be?" type. But - and here is the key to whether you will like this film or not - whether it is the good OR the bad one, it is still Shannon in the scene. Dig? So, really, who cares, you don't watch one of these romps for the plot.
|Luca Bercovici plays a "sleazy cop" in "Mirror Images II."|
There are about half a dozen sex scenes, and they start off the film with a bang. There is nothing explicit in the adult film sense, but you pretty much get a good view of Shannon and her female co-stars (Sara Suzanne Brown plays a prostitute - that is how she is listed in the credits, "Prostitute" - who calls people "Sugar," while Kristine Kelly has a truly awful role as a very naughty shrink and actress P.J. Sparxx has an uncredited role doing a very tame girl-girl with Shannon). Of the male stars, Luca Bercovici delivers the best performance in the film as Clete Dyker (great name!). Tom Reilly is a private eye, and Ken Steadman mumbles his way through some very undemanding scenes. The men all show their butts and that's about it, mercifully.
|Shannon Whirry in "Mirror Images II."|
There is one curiosity, which is often the case with these kinds of forgotten sleazy pictures. Eva La Rue, who later became famous on "All My Children" and "CSI: Miami," is around very briefly as "Phyllis." Unfortunately, Eva has no sexy scenes at all, but she is very perky. She had been kicking around for several years at that point, but chose to stay legit rather than follow Shannon's path. Obviously, their careers turned out differently. We all make our choices in life....
|Luca Bercovici looks worried a lot in "Mirror Images II," and he should.|
These types of movies haven't changed much at all since the early '90s. It is one of the few constants in life, sexy late-night films that don't cross that line.
|Shannon Whirry in a nice gown in "Mirror Images II."|
Of course, that line is in different places for different people, but this film adheres strictly to the rules of the genre: no frontal male nudity, no penetration, all humping covered by clothing, one foot always on the floor....
|Shannon Whirry is just like an ordinary housewife - well, maybe one in the Valley - in "Mirror Images II."|
Despite all the sex, Shannon can look very innocent and lady-like...
|This is the bad Shannon in "Mirror Images II," and she's been very bad, which is quite good, and she's not ashamed about it at all.|
... but she also can look sexy...
|Don't choke! I'll save you!|