Saturday, July 9, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: The Other Side Of The Door

Rated R; 96 minutes; $29.99; Amazon
Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the horror-thriller The Other Side Of The Door. Directed by Johannes Roberts, the film stars Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) and Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order; Suburgatory). Special Features includes deleted scenes, "Behind The Door," a gallery, and the theatrical trailer.

Set in India, the film centers on a grieving mother, Maria (played by Sarah Wayne Callies) who had lost her young son Oliver (played by Logan Creran) in an accident, where she was only able to save her daughter Lucy (played by Sofia Rosinsky), and ever since she has blamed herself for his death.

After a failed suicide attempt, Maria's housekeeper, Piki (played by Suchitra Pillai-Malik) offers her chance to say goodbye to Oliver. To do so, Sarah must travel to a temple in Piki's village, scatter Oliver's ashes on the temple's steps and lock herself inside. Then she must wait until dark to hear Oliver's voice one last time. The one thing that she is instructed not do, is to leave the open the door for her son.

However, things don't and exactly as planned when Maria leaves the door open and releases a supernatural force that is hellbent on destroying her family.

Final Thoughts: I try keep up to date on most horror flicks that are released to theaters, but this one must gotten by my radar because I had never even heard of the title until I received a press release about the Blu-ray release. A good-fashioned ghost story plot sometimes makes the scariest movies, so I thought I would give this flick a try.

The cast does an excellent job with their roles, especially Sarah Wayne Callies as the grieving mother. The overall plot is pretty interesting, but the story has one too many horror cliches - aka a Grudge-like ghost. There are lot of jump scares tossed about; a few of them work, while others feels forced upon the viewers.

Overall, The Other Side Of The Door has an interesting premise with a few scares here and there, but sadly the last fifteen-minutes is poorly written, leaving us with a silly, predictable ending.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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