The Other Side of the Door

Film, Horror
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The Other Side of the Door

A dull, totally unfrightening horror movie about an American family in India

India ought to be the perfect setting for a horror movie – all those teeming streets, ancient customs and ghosts of the colonial past. So this American-funded, Mumbai-set ghost story really has no excuse being as creaky and forgettable as it is. It’s the old story of a grieving mum (Sarah Wayne Callies from ‘The Walking Dead’) who makes a pact with dark forces for just one more chance to say goodbye to her dead son. Of course there’s a price to pay: the youngster comes back ‘wrong’, and soon her house is besieged by chanting, cannibalistic religious fanatics.

So tasteless and knee-jerk in its depiction of India that it makes ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ look like a triumph of racial awareness, ‘The Other Side of the Door’ is packed with scowling beggars, scuttling cockroaches, dutiful housemaids and shady shamans. All of which might be almost forgiveable if it wasn’t for the tedious plot and tiresome characters. Jeremy Sisto barely registers as the dutiful husband, while Callies shuffles through her scenes so lifelessly it becomes hard to tell which one’s the ghost.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Release date:
Friday March 18 2016
Duration:
96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Johannes Roberts
Screenwriter:
Johannes Roberts
Cast:
Sarah Wayne Callies
Jeremy Sisto
Javier Botet

Average User Rating

2 / 5

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A sentimental supernatural horror about a parent who has to make 'Sophie's Choice' and deal with the guilt of losing her son in a tragic accident. When she finds a way she can talk to her son from the other side and doesn't heed the warnings, it opens the gate for a spirit to come through to the other side and haunt the family. Some jump scares and lots of moping about in the dark can't save this film from being a pretty poor attempt at horror. Predictable and somewhat boring.