Never Open the Door (2016) – Movie Review

Why oh why do people still think it’s a smart idea to gather together in a secluded cabin? Don’t they know nothing good ever comes from it? Maybe they haven’t seen enough horror movies. In the new horror film, Never Open the Door, 6 friends soon find out that their Holiday getaway was a bad idea.

Directed and written by Vito Trabucco along with Christopher Maltauro comes a chilling homage to the timeless classic tales of the original Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Never Open the Door stars Jessica Sonneborn (Dog Eat Dog, House Across The
Street), Kristina Page (The Haunting of Alice D), George Troester (Face Off),
Deborah Venegas (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), Matt Aidan (Bloody Bloody Bible Camp), and Mike Wood (Amature Hour Comedy Show).

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Three happy couples go on a retreat to a secluded cabin in the woods to enjoy Thanksgiving. They hear a knock at the door and a terribly wounded stranger appears, and when they let him in, he throws up blood and collapses on the floor, getting blood on one of the girls. Right before he dies, he mumbles the words, “Never open the door.” This sends the 6 friends into a frenzy and soon after each one of them mysteriously begins to disappear causing them to doubt one another.

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Meanwhile, unusual strangers surround the cabin leaving them even more perplexed about what is going on. Will they dare open the door?

Don’t Open the Door was a deliciously suspenseful and nostalgic tale. We haven’t seen anything like this in quite some time, it was refreshing and a great homage to classic horror for a couple different reasons.

  • I absolutely love that they filmed it in black and white. Black and white gives it that old school feel and creepy horror factor. Sometimes things are just better black and white. It makes the audience focus in on the characters more than the environment and gives it more of an isolated feel.
  • The eerie music throughout the film really gives it that extra something – most definitely a Twilight Zone feel.
  • Some of the acting and scenes were slightly cheesy or a little over the top I should say, but for this type of film, given it’s black and white atmosphere and classic horror homage… it was perfect.
  • I also the thought ending was brilliant with a lovely twist. They really did a great job with bringing that SyFy/Horror feel that we’ve loved in the past and has now been reborn.

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Overall, Never Open the Door is one I was pretty impressed by. It’s a modern-day horror film that feels like you’re watching something from the 70’s and 80’s. A great tribute to the classics and one that may or may not leave you with goosebumps after watching. On December 6th it will debut on Blu-ray, Dvd, and Digitial HD nationwide. Enjoy readers and let us know what you think!

 

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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