Shot back to back with the 1996 film MAGIC IN THE MIRROR, this time-wasting sequel reflects poorly on everyone involved.
An antique mirror in the suburban Dennis household is a gateway to a magical world of elven folk and conquest-crazed bird people, the latter known as Drakes. Access either way can be gained using berries from a sapling secretly sprouted in the Dennis' cellar. Egomaniacal human scientist Dr.
Schmott (Christian Motriuc) has found a more direct method, using an energy beam and his own mirror. But the portal he opens leads straight to the throne of Dragora (Eileen T'Kaye), queen of the Drakes. She plans to bring her hordes through mirrors all over Earth and distill humanity down to the
favorite Drake beverage--tea--but first she needs a good supply of "mirror berries." Schmott leads her lieutenants to the Dennis place, where a costume party is going on, and the feathered intruders are mistaken for caterers in bizarre outfits.
Meanwhile, in Mirror World, the interdimensional breach has been detected, and mirror guardians Mellilot (Godfrey James) and Tansy (Kevin Wixted) are again sent to undo the damage. They re-establish contact with little Mary Margaret Dennis (Jamie Renee Smith) through her bedroom mirror, but
Dragora has already kidnapped Mary Margaret's mother Sylvia (Saxon Trainor) and returned to the palace, where she threatens to turn Mrs. Dennis into tea. Using the precious berries as a lure, Mary Margaret decoys Dragora into the giant boiling kettle herself. The invasion foiled, everyone goes
back to their respective realities except for Schmott, turned into a shrub as an example of Mirror World justice.
It's hard to imagine viewers of any age enduring MAGIC IN THE MIRROR: FOWL PLAY comfortably. Most of the "action" takes place during the course of a dull costume party, with tedious mistaken-identity gags about the enemy Drakes forced to act like servants. Dragora bristles with boredom, and darn
it if she isn't absolutely right. Nobody onscreen remarks about the resemblance of the Drake getups to the costumes in the thudding Hollywood flop HOWARD THE DUCK (1986), but director Nicolaou does open with Mary Margaret reading Alice in Wonderland to show wherein inspiration has sprung. It
doesn't help, though, in this vapid reprise of a concept thoroughly tapped-out in the last movie.
Like its antecedent, FOWL PLAY was filmed cheaply in Romania with imported English-speaking principle actors, as part of executive producer Charles Band's direct-to-video mini-empire of gory, derivative chillers (SUBSPECIES, MANDROID, TRANCERS), children's fantasies (DRAGONWORLD, LEAPIN'
LEPRECHAUNS, PREHYSTERIA), and--typically--useless sequels (BLOODSTONE: SUBSPECIES II, PREHYSTERIA! 3, TRANCERS 5: SUDDEN DETH, etc. etc. etc.).
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: G
- Review: Shot back to back with the 1996 film MAGIC IN THE MIRROR, this time-wasting sequel reflects poorly on everyone involved. An antique mirror in the suburban Dennis household is a gateway to a magical world of elven folk and conquest-crazed bird people, the… (more)