Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review – Good 1974 Italian Exorcist?

Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review

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

Plot

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.

Beyond the Door Blu-ray Review

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.

Cast
  • 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.

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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!

Extras
Disc One
  • 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
Disc Two
  • 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.


Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

And…

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

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
3.8

Summary

An average bordering on poor Exorcist rip off that has a certain curiosity value.

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