The Open Door (2008)
By: Rip on April 6, 2011  | 
Accent | All Regions, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 92 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Doc Duhame
Starring: Catherine Georges, Sarah Christine Smith, Ryan Doom, Daniel Booko, Mike Dunay
Screenplay: Doc Duhame
Country: USA
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High school teen Angelica (Catherine Georges) has been grounded by mumsy because she was a naughty girl and came home two hours late the weekend before. In fact, she didn't even telephone her parents either. Tsk, tsk, tsk! So now, she's going to miss the biggest, totally 'rad' party of the year, not to mention an opportunity to hook up with her crush and all around 'hottie', Brad (Mike Dunay). To make matters worse, her bestest 'friend', Staci, (Sarah Christine Smith) is dumping on Angelica behind her back and taking photos with her trusty mobile phone that show Brad in all sorts of compromising positions with other girls, then sending them on to her and everyone else. Oh, the trials and tribulations of teen life... So, as Angelica sits on her bed sulking and listening to the radio, she comes across a very bizarre pirate radio program called, 'The Open Door'. She then remembers the urban legend that tells of this mysterious station that only broadcasts on full moons and promises to grant its listeners their deepest, inner most desires. Angry and full of adolescent angst, Angelica calls the station and declares to its announcer, only known as The Oracle, her darkest desires for revenge on all who have crossed her. But what Angelica doesn't know, is that by doing this, she has unleashed a destructive, evil force and that's when the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for", comes in to play... Scarey darey...

This ultra low budget, cliché ridden affair was directed by a chap who goes by the name of Doc Duhame, a Hollywood stuntman of some repute. He's worked on major features as far back as the 1980's, from the excellent Runaway Train to more recent blockbuster fare, like Die Hard 4.0. Thankfully for us, he's stuck to his day job ever since making this film in 2008, his one and only turn as director. How on earth a fellow of his age and experience could come up with such a juvenile teen horror flick is completely beyond this little black duck. Don't get me wrong, as I believe everyone deserves a go and I do happen to like plenty of teen flicks, having been one myself once. But I need to believe in the characters and their plights, and this is really only achievable when they're given realistic dialogue (something for which director Doc is also to blame). Good performances and direction also help. And so does getting on with the show at hand, in this case, the blood'n'guts. After all, this is supposed to be a horror film! 'The Open Door' seems to want to spend more time on dull teenage trivialities, than action and story. Constant dreadfully dated-sounding soft rock swelling on the soundtrack doesn't help matters either. Whilst when they actually arrive, there are some cool moments of horror, but they're few and far between, and the film simply isn't scary when it should be. Basically, if it wasn't for the occasional burst of graphic violence, this is the sort of fare you might see on the ABC kid's hour at 5pm during the week. Even Goosebumps is more entertaining than this drivel.

The Open Door apparently won the audience award at the 2009 Shriekfest Film Festival and a few other accolades. All I can wonder is what film they were actually watching, because it could not have been this one. I personally found it very difficult to get through and had to actually watch it in two sittings because I was so bored. Given the generally high standard of many Accent Film releases, I'm somewhat surprised they went anywhere near this film.
Presented in 1:85 widescreen and enhanced for 16x9 displays, the picture quality here is grainy and merely adequate overall. Basically, it looks every bit its budget. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it's nothing to write home about either.
A single 2.0 Dolby track is all that is provided here and there is no subtitle stream to speak of. As with the video quality, it's fairly ordinary.
Extra Features
About 30 trailers for other Accent titles, including this one. Other than that, there is nothing relating to the film at all.
The Verdict
Well folks, The Open Door is as cheesy as cheese can be, but unfortunately, it's very stale cheese. It's dull, gormless and not scary in the slightest. Not even fitting in to the 'so bad it's good' category, I really can't recommend this movie at all. This is one open door that you'll have to walk through at your own risk.
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