Friday the 13th: The Series

Season 1 Episode 15

Vanity's Mirror

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Aired Unknown Mar 05, 1988 on
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Vanity's Mirror
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A homely high school gets hold of a cursed compact which forces anyone hit by its reflected light to fall in love with her but die for love.

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  • An unpopular student finds a compact that has the power to destroy people, and plots deadly revenge against those who have rejected her.

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    This was a truly horrifying episode, filled with violence and gore. Young adolescents fell victim to a warped and vengeful teenager who set out to get even with those who teased and humiliated her for her unsightly appearance. The story was well-written for its depiction of teenage subculture, consisting of popular and unpopular students, beautiful and not-so-good-looking ones. And poor Helen Mackie was neither popular nor attractive. She was a bumpkin, excluded from the "in" crowds, and treated as a "freak of nature". Years of mental torture and ostracism filled her with hatred and rage. And when she came into possession of a cursed object, she appeared to express no remorse with using it to exact revenge on her peers.



    The storyline in this episode is similar to the 1976 horror movie, Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta. Both plots focused on an unattractive teenager who sought revenge on those who pushed her too far in their taunting and teasing.



    There is a popular saying that "beauty is only skin deep". The compact had potential to cause much more damage, which is probably why the writers brought it back in the second season for the episode "Face of Evil". This time the user was a model who was beautiful on the outside, but evil on the inside.



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Ingrid Veninger

Ingrid Veninger

Helen Mackie

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Gwendolyn Pacey

Gwendolyn Pacey

Joanne Mackie

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David Orth

David Orth

Scott Thomas

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