Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Beyond The Door|
Actors: Richard Johnson, Juliet Mills, Elizabeth Turner, Gabriele Lavia, David Colins Jr.
Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Jessica Barrett lives a peaceful life in San Francisco. With two kids, a record exec husband and a baby on the way, life is pretty full. When Jessica finds out that her new baby belongs to the prince of darkness, she becom... more »
Chuck Potocki | Highland, Indiana | 10/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this is a knock-off of "The Exorcist", but despite that, it's still a cool movie. It was virtually a staple of drive-in theaters during the latter half of the 1970's as well as the Late Late Show on CBS as another reviewer pointed out.
Juliet Mills (from "Nanny & The Professor" fame) completely abandoned her squeaky-clean image in favor of cursing in a guttural voice & regurgitating blood & green goop. The dubbing is a bit on the cheesy side, especially from the children; the little girl in particular comes up with some pretty hilarious lines. Replying to the little boy when he cries after seeing Juliet Mills hurling an ashtray & destroying the fish tank: "You're blowing my mind, man!! You gotta stop that or you're gonna have a bad trip", sort of like an 8-year old hippie!
"Beyond The Door" was filmed partially in Italy as well as San Francisco & has several different titles: "The Devil Within Her", which appears at the beginning of this version, as well as "Chi Sei?" (which means "Who Are You?" in Italian, a reference to one of Mills' lines in the film) & "Diabolica". Director/producer Ovidio G. Assonitis was directly involved with Code Red in making this available on DVD, providing the original uncut camera negative. Transferring it to anamorphic widescreen, the overall quality is amazing, considering that this film has turned up in some poor quality, grainy & edited versions on VHS over the years.
There are some cool extras on this DVD, including a short featurette "Beyond The Door: 35 Years Later" featuring recent interviews with Mills, Richard Johnson & Ovidio G. Assonitis. Mills mentions that she hasn't seen or heard from costar Gabriele Lavia since after the film was shot in 1974. Also featured are the original theatrical trailer & TV spot, still photo gallery, & candid, funny interview with Richard Johnson called "An Englishman In Italy".
70s Drive-In Classic
jetboy77 | Far Hills, NJ United States | 01/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sure, it's a rip off ... But does that mean it's not enjoyable and/or scary ??? ... NO ... Just as 1978's HALLOWEEN borrowed from 1974's BLACK CHRISTMAS, ( no one complained ) BEYOND THE DOOR does take from other possesion films .... But it is mandatory viewing for fans of horror, 70's filmmaking, and low budget afficianatos alike ... Juliette Mills' character is so creepy and disturbing, and the low-budget quality only adds to the impact .... While THE EXORCIST is far superior in a technical perspective, the obscurity and all-out weirdness of BEYOND THE DOOR make it more creepy .... I have to say that the first glimpse we get of Mills' character in full possesion mode is one of the most terrifying and scarring ( in a good way ) scenes Is've had the pleasure to witness .... This baby is well worth tracking down if you're into odd/strange/low budget scares ..."
Great Fun...Finally on a Proper DVD
Peter | Sioux Falls, SD | 07/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this is a blatant Exorcist rip-off. Who cares? It's terrific fun and a great throwback to the wonderful exploitation Italian horror flicks of the 1970s. I think its just fantastic. And, those who know have been waiting patiently for this DVD which was announced years ago."
Casper | Phoenix AZ | 02/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am hoping "Beyond The Door" will one day be released on DVD. I saw this film in the theater back in the mid 70's and I liked the possession scenes along with the deep voice that sounded like someone gargled with razor blades.
Please listen and release this movie on DVD!"