The Other Side of Door (2016)

Directed by Johannes Roberts.  Written by Roberts and Ernest Riera.  Starring Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Sofia Rosinsky, Logan Creran and Javier Botet.

Plot: after Maria (Callies) loses her son, Oliver (Creran) in a horrific accident, she finds out that she may be able to speak with him one last time, but of course, she doesn’t follow the rules of the ritual and things go from bad to worse.

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So, while living in India, Oliver dies in a car accident and Maria is so shaken by the course of events that she tries to take her own life.  Feeling sorry for her, her housekeeper tells her about a ritual famous in her village for briefly bridging the gap between the living and the dead.  Only there’s strict rules that you have to follow.  Like, no matter what, Maria can’t open this door.  Maybe the housekeeper should have been more thorough on that point, but no matter, Maria opens the door and all hell literally breaks loose.

Now, there’s no doubt that this movie is scary.  Javier Botet (who you probably know from playing Mama in Mama or Nina in REC or the hobo in IT, etc. etc.) is famous for playing gangly types that scare the living daylights out of you.  Still, that can only take a movie so far.  Especially when the main character is so damn stupid.  The only people we really felt sorry for were Maria’s husband (Sisto) and the dog, that of course was put in the movie just to be killed.

Instead of watching this, watch Pet Semetary again.  It’s way better and makes more sense.

Our score: 22.

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