“Door to the Other Side” Review

8 March, 2017

Director: Norman Lesperance
Screenwriter: Nicholas Bianchi
Director of Photography: Marcos Durian
Cast: 
Mitch Holden, Nicholas Bianchi, Chelsea Gilligan

Synopsis: A middle-aged man living as a shut-in after losing his wife and child begins suffering from the effects of a rare form of sleep apnea while experiencing unconscious visions that mysteriously connect him with the girlfriend of a concerned neighbour.

Door to the Other Side Review:

Throwaway, repetitive, and crippled by clumsy performances, “Door to the Other Side” is another low-budget horror movie made by an unknown writer who has a strong initial vision but very little to show for it when all is said and done. While the movie’s spooky tale of reclusive living provides the perfect springboard for later ideas, the creators’ inability to unearth the subtext behind their creased protagonist leaves viewers scratching their heads over the specifics a shaky conclusion which slots into place like it was stolen from a discarded M. Night Shyamalan screenplay.

Although it’s a terrible shame that the initial set-up is far stronger than anything built on the foundations, “Door to the Other Side” is ultimately an unforgivable stab in the dark as it flings amateur jump scares around like a rancher scattering corn on barren land, establishing a solid context only to squander every ounce of potential through a series of atrocious bumps in the night. Transparently mapping out every convention, the movie takes pride in sticking to tropes, adding dreamcatchers, creaky floorboards, and scratchy monsters under the bed to remind us only of the thousands of other time-wasting horror films that came before it.

There’s a limit to how much is acceptable in a movie like “Door to the Other Side” and it oversteps the mark before reaching its first checkpoint, tumbling into stylistic hell with a framework stolen from J-horror but rendered to match every other English-language thriller based on a haunting that no one cares about. With the inclusion of a model-turned-actress who vomits black substances and gets attacked by invisible monsters, the film couldn’t stoop much lower as it attempts to regain viewers’ attention with a few standout scares but just ends up demolishing an old lady with a pair of curtains instead.


Although unsurprising given the fickleness of the film’s plotting, it’s disheartening to see the marketing team opting to rebrand “Door to the Other Side” overseas, altering the aptness of its original title “Reclusion” to a name more suited to the bargain bin section of a local HMV store. By targeting the more unsophisticated late night viewer, the makers scrap the essence of the movie in its rehashed branding, losing their cool over the film’s lack of substance with slapdash attempts at making some quick money before it crashes and burns, never to be heard from again.

 

   

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