“After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.”
Oh good, another movie with family trauma at its core, and that wouldn’t have taken place is the main character didn’t display a complete and total lack of common sense.
Let’s talk family trauma first, the movie is focused on Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) who is struggling after the death of her son. Before you get to emotionally interested, the son was killed after his mother drove her car into a river or a lake, and left him behind. She found herself unable to return to the car because she was in a foreign country and therefore no one understood “My boy is in the river still”, because obviously.
Oh, did I mention the casual racism that this movie puts forward? A perfect example comes in the start of the film when, in an effort to endear you to the white, middle class family living in a ~strange land~, you are introduced to their local servant. Who is killed off screen, because that’s how we treat people.
Moving on, the movie continues on with Callies attempting suicide, out of no where, and then being told by their ’employee’ that there is a mystical temple in the woods where this grieving mother can be reunited with her son one last time; because the local woman who works for their family is also (of course) an expert on the mystical, but moving away from the racist tones in the film.
So, what does she do? What any grieving mother does, she allows people to dig up her sons body, burn it, and takes the ashes to the temple. Now, it’s worth noting that she is told twice, explicitly, not to open the door. So, of course she opens the door, bringing all of the movie’s remaining pain and suffering.
Door was directed by Johannes Roberts (Storage 24), who wrote the film with Ernest Riera (Forest of the Damned II) and the pair have come together to produce another convoluted mess. While neither were involved in the last film I reviewed, The Darkness, but they shared a lot of the tone deafness, and the overcrowded story with too much (and somehow too little) going on.
The Other Side of the Door is terrible; it’s really that simple. There are one or two interesting visuals that will simply remind you of how great Pan’s Labyrinth is, and how terrible this movie is. The bulk of the movie is jump scares, and bad choices, which makes it really hard to get invested in anything that is going on. There’s simply nothing in this movie to get excited about at any point.
The performances are weak, the story doesn’t work, and it suffers from more than the appropriate amount of problems. Even it’s most interesting visuals, and exotic location just can’t make this worth recommending. Pass.
MY RATING: **