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I remember watching parts of a movie on tv some years ago. I missed the beginning, and saw some parts from the middle and the end. I didn't really understand what was happening, but I can provide some details about what I remember (including the ending, so stop reading if you want to avoid spoilers):

  • the movie had a very creepy atmosphere, and the image seemed to be quite desaturated if not black and white
  • a guy was having some weird dreams (or visions?), including an ominous figure walking behind some pillars; the dreams always stopped before he could see who it was
  • there were some messed up mirrors in a building, showing and/or doing horrible things (I think including killing people); apparently there was another world behind them, with a demon or several demons
  • a demon was trying to come out into the real world, and several characters were trying to stop it
  • the part I remember most clearly: in one scene, a girl went to a mirror and the demon was kinda swimming towards her from the other side; they joined hands, then the girl went into the mirror, somehow pushing the demon away; then I think the guy (who was in the room) smashed the mirror; I understood this as a self-sacrifice of the girl
  • and the really creepy ending: the guy is having that weird dream again, and now he can see the figure - it's the girl from the previous scene

Some details may not be accurate, but that's how I remember them. I found "Into the Mirror" (2003) and "Mirrors" (2008) on wikipedia, but I can't find a description of the ending that matches what I remember. And I think I saw (those parts of) the movie before 2003.

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Sounds like Prince of Darkness (1987) by John Carpenter.

Wikipedia's description matches the details you remember, including the creepy ending:

At the end of the film, Marsh has the recurring dream again, except now an apparently possessed Danforth is the figure emerging from the building. Marsh appears to awaken, rolling over to find a gruesomely disfigured Kelly lying in bed with him. Marsh awakens, screaming, and then recovers enough to approach his bedroom mirror, hand outstretched. The film cuts to black just before his fingers touch the mirror.

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Thanks, that could very well be it, although some details don't quite match (but then my memories are vague). I seem to remember now that there was a priest involved too, and some weird people outside the building. –  aditsu Sep 21 '12 at 21:54
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Yep, just saw the trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=D5I3Lt8PwyQ and I think I recognize the dream sequence and mirror scenes. Heh, somebody even posted the full movie, but I'll watch it some other time. –  aditsu Sep 21 '12 at 22:32
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+1 Matches the description in many points. One of Carpenter's rather underestimated movies, but it really has some interresting features and a great atmosphere. Especially the dream message from the future was one of the most original ideas I've ever seen, haven't seen such a thing anywhere else. –  Napoleon Wilson Sep 22 '12 at 11:04
    
Yep that was the movie. Funny that I didn't remember the disfigured Kelly and the 80's style. A good remake could be interesting. Btw the ending description in wikipedia is wrong, the one he sees in bed is also Catherine (identified by the hair) –  aditsu Sep 23 '12 at 23:42
    
Odd trivia notation - The leader of the street people is Alice Cooper. I also always wanted them to make the sequel that seemed to be implied. –  JohnP Nov 14 '13 at 16:30

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