The Other Side Of The Door Blu-ray Review
“The Other Side Of The Door” is horrifyingly bad.
After a tragic car accident claimed the life of their son Oliver, Michael and Maria have struggled to move on from the incident. Maria is particularly distraught having been directly involved in the disastrous event along with her daughter Lucy. When their housekeeper Piki suggests Maria visit a remote magic temple (which sort of bridges the land between the living and the dead) to speak with Oliver one last time, Maria decides to do so. Piki gives Maria a specific set of instructions, but of course, Maria breaks the rules which winds up unleashing Oliver from the underworld. Shock of all shocks, this Oliver is not the same one they knew.
Where do I begin with “The Other Side Of The Door”? This is one of those horror films where very little works outside of some interesting cultural inclusions such as the Aghori. Alas, those elements are entirely wasted in this alleged horror film which moves at a snail’s pace. But the pacing is the least of the film’s problems.
The bulk of the film’s problems lie with the character of Maria who is seemingly devoid of intelligence. We all get that she’s a grieving desperate mother, but she had one job- don’t open the door in the temple. Does she listen? Of course not. Instead, she opens up a world of danger and gets others killed. You have no sympathy for the character at all because of her idiotic character actions. It doesn’t help that actress Sarah Wayne Callies is entirely dull in the role. She seems to have no range in the various roles throughout her career.
Another major problem is that the film brings nothing new to the table. The scares are so telegraphed that they are entirely ineffective and the “scary” moments all feel like they are lifted from other films like “The Grudge” and “Drag Me To Hell.” Simply put, it’s just another unoriginal horror film and a bad one at that.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Better than the film deserves. The location shooting is particularly impressive here.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? I have zero complaints with this track. It’s quality.
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* Fox trailers and a theatrical trailer for “The Other Side Of The Door.”
* Still gallery.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* “Behind The Door” is a short promotional piece that contains film clips, interviews, and story discussions.
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