It’s been forever since I’ve seen a decent horror film and I was desperate to see something good. In the absence of a great horror, I went to see The Other Side of the Door. I hadn’t seen any trailers for it and the write up didn’t sound massively promising. An American couple living in India lose their son in tragic circumstances, so when the mother learns of a way in which she can talk to him for one last time, she jumps at the chance.
Same old, same old, right? Just another one of your typical ghost stories.
Well, yes and no. It’s not an original story by any stretch of the imagination. Anyone who knows the story of the monkey paw will know what’s going to happen. But despite that, I absolutely loved it! Perhaps it was because I had no preconceptions and my expectations were low, but even knowing what was going to happen (and the filmmakers managed to squeeze in a nice little twist at the end that I didn’t see coming) didn’t take away from a film that was disturbing, unsettling and really rather sad.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried.
If you’re looking for a ghost story that’s deftly told with characters you care about and brings a new take on an old classic, you’ll love The Other Side of the Door.
4.5 out of 5 stars
If you liked this, you’ll also like The Others and The Woman in Black
Unlike The Other Side of the Door, I’d been looking forward to seeing The Boy for ages, so as soon as it came out, I toddled off to the cinema to see it.
The basic premise is that an American woman is hired to serve as a nanny for an elderly British couple’s son. When she arrives, she discovers that the child is, in fact, a doll and she is expected to treat it as though it were alive, following a strict routine with strange rules. After the couple leave for their first holiday in years, at first, she ignores their instructions. However, she soon starts to suspect that the doll is alive, perhaps possessed by the spirit of the couple’s real son who died many years ago in a fire.
The film had so much promise. The first half or so was really nicely done and there were a number of directions it could have gone in. However, the second half devolved into cliché that’s hard to talk about in any detail for fear of giving spoilers. Suffice to say that although I didn’t see the end coming, in hindsight, I should have done and the rest of the audience was laughing at the end of the film, which is never a good sign for a horror.
Still, overall, I enjoyed it and probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t recently seen The Other Side of the Door which is an infinitely superior film.
3.5 out of 5 stars
If you liked this, you’ll also like You’re Next.