Back in April 2020 Arrow Video release the Italian supernatural horror film Beyond the Door (1974) which is often referred to as an Exorcist rip off. Furthermore the film has undergone a brand new 2K restoration. I’m always on the lookout for cult horror classics so I was intrigued by this release. Let’s find out if it lived up to my expectations, so without further ado here’s my Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review.
- Beyond the Door (1974) aka Devil Within Her
- Genre: Italian Supernatural Horror
- Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis / Robert Barrett
- Running Time: 98 / 108 mins (US Theatrical Version / Uncut English Export)
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Arrow Video
- Blu-ray Released: 6 April 2020
Jessica Barrett finds herself pregnant despite taking precautions. Her husband Robert seems to embrace the pregnancy but Jessica knows something is very wrong which is confirmed by her doctor. Furthermore Jessica’s behaviour is causing concern to not only Robert but their two children. When Jessica’s former lover Dimitri turns up out of the blue he has a warning for Robert regarding the unborn child.
Style / Direction
Directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis and Robert Barrett there’s little doubt the film was heavily influenced by The Exorcist. However there’s none of the style in the filmmaking department of that particular film. Don’t get me wrong there some good scenes but for the most part Beyond the Door (1974) fails to deliver. Cinematography is handled by Roberto Piazzoli.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Franco Micalizzi however much of it I found to be irritating and out of place. For me the film really does need to be re-scored with a more appropriate theme.
Acting / Characters
Most of the dialogue I think it’s fair to say is poorly written whilst the acting comes across as being stiff.
- Juliet Mills as Jessica Barrett
- Gabriele Lavia as Robert Barrett
- Richard Johnson as Dimitri
- Nino Segurini as Dr George Staton
- Elizabeth Turner as Barbara Staton
- Barbara Fiorini as Gail Barrett
- Carla Mancini as Mrs Francis
- David Colin Jr as Ken Barrett
- Jonathan T Tran as Dr Tran
Conclusion: Beyond the Door (1974) Film Review
There are two versions of the film included, a UK extended cut under the title of Devil Within Her and the US theatrical release, Beyond the Door. I must stress that I really would only recommend the US version. It’s around ten minutes shorter which results in a much tighter film. It flows so much better whereas the extended cut takes way too long to get going.
Beyond the Door (1974) is a pretty poor Exorcist clone that is worth a look more for the curiosity factor rather than being some cult classic. In the end I guess I was left somewhat disappointed.
To conclude if you want to see the film in its best light choose the US Theatrical Version.
If you enjoyed my Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
- The Burning (1981)
- The Devonsville Terror (1983)
- Don’t Open till Christmas (1984)
- The Wind (1986)
- Deadly Manor (1990)
- Halloween (2018)
Conclusion: Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review
Both versions have undergone brand new 2K restorations. That said there are still some annoying marks at the very beginning of the film. Overall the picture quality is pretty good and certainly makes the movie more enjoyable as a result.
Arrow has a reputation for including a fabulous set of extras and Beyond the Door is no different. As well as two versions of the film there’s a ton of extras to enjoy. Fans of the film are certainly in for a treat. If anything I feel I know way too much about this poor to average Italian Exorcist inspired movie!
- Uncut English Export Versions
- Audio Commentary
- The Devil & Me (24 mins)
- Barrett’s Hell (32 mins)
- Beyond The Music (20 mins)
- The Devil’s Face (10 mins)
- Motels and Devils (13 mins)
- Beyond The Door: 35 Years Later (21 mins)
- Richard Johnson: An Englishman in Italy (7 mins)
- Alternate Opening Titles
- TV & Radio Spots
- Image Gallery
- US Theatrical Version
- Italy Possessed: A Brief History of Exorcist Rip-Offs (78 mins)
- Gabriele Lavia: Bargain With The Devil (11 mins)
- Interview with Juliet Mills (14 mins)
- Plus Reversible Cover Art
On to my movie rating for Beyond the Door (1974)
- Movie Rating: WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: GOOD
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
Beyond the Door (1974) is available out now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
That concludes my Beyond the Door Blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Beyond the Door (1974) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Ovidio G. Assonitis , Robert Barrett
Actor(s): Juliet Mills, Gabriele Lavia, Richard Johnson, Nino Segurini
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An average bordering on poor Exorcist rip off that has a certain curiosity value.