The Other Side of the Door Movie Review
Is there anything more boring than a horror movie that doesn’t even try? The Other Side of the Door relies on cheap scares and the worst of clichés in one of the most pathetic attempts at scaring you you’ll ever see.
Set in India but starring a white American family (of course!), The Other Side of the Door is about a depressed mother who resorts to some questionable Hindu (??) magic to bring her dead son back from the dead. Of course, as we know, when you bring someone back from the dead, they’re not going to be the same—and they’re probably going to be evil.
Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) stars as the mom, who basically runs around shouting her children’s names for 90 minutes—or at least that’s what she does when she isn’t hallucinating before repeatedly waking up from her “dreams.” She’s one of those annoying everyone-thinks-she’s-crazy horror characters that tend to rear their ugly heads in cheap studio horror films such as this, and she’s really not fun to watch.
Of course, Callies isn’t to blame. Director and co-writer Johannes Roberts does little to help his cast, subjecting them to bland scenes in this bland movie. For a film set in India, you’d barely know it—while some Indian characters and, of course, Indian shamans, show up from time to time, Roberts fails to take advantage of the color and culture of India, opting for stereotypical shades of black and brown and a cliché old house that could be found in Anywhere, USA.
The Other Side of the Door is a predictable, stupid and utterly boring horror movie that isn’t even remotely scary. Keep this door closed and locked.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.