MAGIC IN THE MIRROR
Magic in the Mirror is a bewildering, head-spinning experience, not unakin to sitting down to watch something like Pufnstuf (1970) for the first time. Ted Nicolaou creates a unique secondary world fabulation filled with journeys through magical mirrors and tyrannical duck queens threatening to dip young girls into giant boiling teapots to serve up as a rare delicacy. There are moments of bizarrely surreal imagery armies of flying mallards (I love the smell of swamp gas in the morning, comments the duck general); a field of doors leading to magical mirrors; gardens of planted people. For once, the usual Band low-budget does not show through too much and the duck costumes are surprisingly lavish and effective. The result is a unique fantasy that successfully ventures into that rare arena of surreal fabulism that so few childrens films get right lone examples being Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Pufnstuf.
The lesser sequel was Magic in the Mirror: Fowl Play (1996).
Ted Nicolaous other genre films as director include:- one of the segments of The Dungeonmaster (1984), TerrorVision (1986), Bad Channels (1992), Subspecies (1991), Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993), Remote (1993), Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994), Dragonworld (1994), Leapin Leprechauns! (1995), Leapin Leprechauns! 2/Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns (1996), Vampire Journals (1997), The Shrunken City (1998), Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm (1998), Dragonworld: The Legend Continues (1999), Ragdoll (1999), The Horrible Dr Bones (2000), In the Shadow of the Cobra (2004), Puppetmaster vs Demonic Toys (2004) and The Etruscan Mask (2007).
Film online in several parts beginning here:-