I had intended to go see this one in the theater. I’d seen the trailer and thought it looked intriguing, and I’m always open to fresh Horror offerings. Alas it came and went from the picture houses pretty quickly, and I had something going on at the time; I think my production company had a show running those weekends it was still on the marquee. In any case, the film just released on DVD and I watched it last night. Was it worth the wait? Considering I had no preexisting ideas or expectations it was easy for the flick to exceed them, but that isn’t saying much. Truthfully, though, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR is a solid, well-made little chiller with good acting and a decent story, which is really all that I require to pronounce a movie worth the time it takes to watch it.
Essentially it is PET SEMETERY set in India, minus the reanimated cat, and if the revenant child had had a sinister demonic entity pursuing him. The deaths of the family’s birds and plants due to the presence of the aforementioned entity provides a neat vampiric underpinning, and the change in locale, along with the incorporating of and fusion with Hindu spiritualism serves to freshen an otherwise familiar trope. A worthy effort.