October 4, 2008
Catherine Georges as Angelica
Sarah Christine Smith as Staci
Ryan Doom as Owen
Daniel Booko as Spike
Mike Dunay as Brad
Angelica is having big troubles with her mother. Sure, she came home two hours late last weekend without calling, but what’s the big deal? Now Mom has grounded Angelica and she’s going to miss the biggest party of the year, not to mention the chance to meet up with her big crush, Brad. And it gets worse… “best friend forever”, the slutty Staci, is talking behind Angelica’s back and staging photos that show Brad in compromising positions and sending them to Angelica’s cell phone. Her life is ruined!
While sulking in her bedroom Angelica comes across a radio program, “The Open Door”. Broadcast only on the eve of a full moon, the program talks of cosmic forces that conspire to grant one’s deepest desires. All you have to do is ask.
In a fit of emotion Angelica calls the program and rants her wishes – typical teenage things like “I wish my parents would leave me alone”, “I wish Brad and I could be together forever and that my name would be spoken with his dying breath”, and the ever-popular “I wish that I could get a real education in how the world works and stop being so sheltered”. Hmmm… nice wishes on their face, but what happens when the granting of these dreams comes very literally… and violently?
The Open Door is a low budget Indie horror thriller that exceeds expectations in just about every category. Production quality is strong, sound works well and the special effects are minimal and effective.
The script and story of this film are actually very good, not requiring extreme leaps of faith or suspension of disbelief nearly as much as many horror films, even the Hollywood entries. The characters are well acted and well developed as well. Pretty rare these days. The radio broadcast is especially good with the perfect script and delivery to be believable as a program that could incite the downtrodden to self empowerment and passionate ranting – unknowing of the evil down-side of getting their heart’s desire at any cost.
The best thing about The Open Door is that it is actually scary. As the story progresses the hints of impending doom show themselves and then slowly come to fruition. Strange visions, scary dreams, heck even bumps in the night are all used very effectively to build toward a violent and terrifying climax… and even consequences. This film reminds me of the great 80s horror films that were the first to use the formulas we’ve all come to know and love. Back in those days, the formula was actually an original concept.
Overall The Open Door is good horror, well done with good characters, terrifying moments and true fright. Watch this one while alone at night with the lights out, during “horror movie night” with friends or even in the month preceding Halloween. It will certainly hold it’s own among the tried and true favorites.