The Doorway (2000)
By: CJ on November 15, 2002  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Region 4, PAL. 4:3. English DD 2.0. Magna Pacific (Australia). 90 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Michael B. Druxman
Starring:Roy Scheider, Lauren Woodland, Christian Harmony, Suzanne Bridgham, Don Maloney and Teresa DePriest
Screenplay: Michael B. Druxman
Music:Derek Gleeson
Tagline: '…to hell'
Country: USA/Ireland
The very basic premise of The Doorway is that four college friends, led by would-be actor Rick (Christian Harmony), take lodgings in old abandoned house. Their task is to refurbish the property, and in return for that they get free lodgings and handsome pay. However, there is an evil force lurking in the house just waiting to be unleashed - and unleashed it is. Though, let loose to wander around a bit in bad make-up would be a better summation..

Anyway, having encountered this malevolent evil, they enlist the help of Professor Lamont who specialises in the paranormal, played rather awkwardly by Roy Scheider who spends all his onscreen time looking rather embarrassed. He doesn't last long anyway, once the doorway to hell is opened he is summarily dispatched by a demon.well, I say demon, but it's really just someone in extremely bad make-up.

The college dudes eventually manage to overcome the evil. How? Well, I can't really remember actually, I had completely lost interest in the movie by this point. All I know is that they do, and so ends one of the worse films I have ever had the misfortune to sit through. In fact, I'd rather shit glass than sit through this useless pile of garbage again.

So what can I say that I haven't already said? Nothing really. Though I'm baffled as to why Roger Corman attached his name to this project, maybe he needs to get down to his optician and then revisit this film and see that he really needs to take legal action to have his name removed from this shit..

I'm not going to waste any more words on this atrocious waste of time. Avoid.
Video
The film is presented fullscreen and doesn't look very good, to be truthful. The picture is very grainy and looks pretty rough. Not a good transfer at all, but considering the film - who cares?
Audio
A basic DD 2.0 Stereo audio track is provided, which is passable. Nothing special and certainly doesn't enhance the film (what could?). Okay, but nothing to write home about.
Extra Features
Actually, the fact that there are no extras present is a blessing in this case. Once the film was over I was only too happy to eject it from my player! But no, no extras are given. Absolutely nothing. Thank God.
The Verdict
Unless you are a masochist, there is absolutely no reason to subject yourself to this crap. There are no redeeming qualities at all - and I'm a die-hard trash fan!! That should give you an indication of just how bad this film truly is.

Avoid. Don't subject yourself to needless suffering.
Movie Score
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