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Death's Door (2015/MVD Visual DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C-

Kennedy Goldsby's Death's Door (2015) is a low budget mystery/horror film set (and apparently filmed) in a real haunted house to which there is no escape for our protagonists. In the 1930s, a magician and his assistant met a terrible fate in the house and now haunt a dozen or so teens who are crash the place to have a calm and cool party. Of course soon, strange things start happening (like finding severed legs in a bathtub) and they start to travel further through the house and finding things that unlock the mystery of the deceased.

Shot nicely with a cast of unknowns with the exception of Tommy ''Tiny'' Lister (The Dark Knight, Fifth Element) and Obba Babatundle (Silence of the Lambs) who star as the leads, the rest of the actors are hit or miss. There are several scenes where people scream at each other that grows tiresome where the plot points grow a bit thin. The film has its moments, but ultimately feels staged with the characters essentially trapped in a game of Clue (or Cluedo if your British).

I have to admit, judging from the cover I was expecting a worse film. It has some interesting ideas and some of the flashback stuff with the magicians is cool. It reminds me a little bit of Saw, only without the raw hopelessness for the characters that it needs in extreme situations. At the end of the film, too many characters are still alive and the film just kind of ends with humorous anecdotes over the fates of the characters, which makes you wonder if they ran out money. Another strike against the film is the score, which is synth-y (which is fine), but too cheesy and unoriginal to instill much fear.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track, the film looks and sounds fine for the format. Extras include a Haunted Film Set featurette and Music Video for ''Shorty Wassup''.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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