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on 18 April 2010
Most horror cinema fans know how popular the original Exorcist proved to be, with tales of people passing-out and screaming in the aisles, how I would love to have been there to either confirm or refute such claims, suffice to say the movie spawned a brief sub-genre all of its own and Beyond The Door is one of several knock-offs which would be rushed out to cash-in. Richard Johnson lends his commanding thespian voice skills to this Italian effort providing a narrative introduction as to the possibility that Mephistopheles could be waiting to invade your next waking moment. Beyond The Door's début director Ovidio G. Assonitis may be more familiar to horror fans for his later shocker Madhouse due to earning a place on the now legendary Video Nasty list of 1984. I'm not going to send anyone reading this to sleep with a plot synopsis, I almost never read them myself, but if you are reading this, chances are you're looking for some demonic possession fun, it may be worth mentioning that Rosemary's Baby gets thrown into this mix, but I'll leave that for you to discover in a film with an uneasy and somewhat disturbing rhythm all its own. Unlike the Exorcist which works by grounding the viewer in a prosaic sense of reality this film places the viewer straight into a surrealist mindset of unreality, left to fend for moments of normality on which to hold on to. If you enjoy the demonic possession sequences in The Exorcist you'll probably enjoy those visited upon star Juliet Mills who puts in a convincing performance backed up by the competent effects. This Code Red DVD release contains the full uncut edition of the film along with the following extras - Audio commentary with director a second audio commentary with star Juliet Mills an interview with Richard Johnson plus BEYOND THE DOOR, 35 years later feature.
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