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Friday, October 29, 2010

Beyond The Door(1974)

I have always had a soft spot for this Italian made Exorcist rip off. I remember seeing it and Beyond The Door part 2(Mario Bava's Shock), together at a drive in when I was a kid. Both of the films, even though Shock is not an official sequel, scared me to the core, and I could not shake them. Juliet Mills stars as a well to do housewife, that while pregnant, becomes possessed by the devil. The film is not very well made, and is very derivative of the aforementioned Linda Blair film. But is has a sense of humour that is out of this world, and that makes all the difference to me. Jessica's children are completely hilarious, Gail her daughter, curses like a sailor, and Ken the little boy, drinks soup out of a can with a straw the entire film. The script is horrible, and the music sounds like really bad lounge music. In no way can I claim that this is a "good" film, it's just very fun, and very nostalgic to look back upon. If you have to see every possession film, and have yet to see Chi Sei(Beyond The Door), run out and rent this one right away, you most definitely don't want to purchase it.

1 comment:

  1. Beyond the Door has awesome music and having Dimitri suspended in time is a profound concept. The childrens dolls and toys coming to life are memorable. There is a sense of helplessness and vulnerability. The movie suggests that the supernatural is real and the Devil and demons are real. A remake has been made to Beyond the Door. The remake was made in Chicago and Bangkok while the original was made in San Francisco and Rome.Edward Montoro and Film Ventures International produced the original. The original has alot of music in it and makes good use of atmosphere.

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