Never Open The Door, Vito Trabucco: Film Review
Never Open The Door Film Details
Director: Vito Trabucco
Writer: Vito Trabucco, Christopher Maltauro
Release Date: December 6th, 2016
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Horror Sub-Genre: Sci-Fi
Running Time: 1 Hour, 4 Minutes
Three happy couples retreat to a cozy secluded cabin in the woods to enjoy Thanksgiving. A badly wounded stranger appears at the door, and when they let him in, he throws up blood and collapses on the floor.
As he dies, he points towards the lovers and croaks his final words: “Never open the door”. The dumbfounded group of friends start to panic as one of their own inexplicably disappears. Doubt rises by the minute and mistrust soaks through the cabin.
As strange men surround the cabin, escape becomes paramount. Who will open the door?
Never Open The Door arrives nationwide on Blu-Ray, DVD and HD Digital, December 6, 2016. The film is co-written and co-directed by Vito Trabucco and Christopher Maltauro. The film is a Maltauro Entertainment production in association with Baumant Entertainment.
Three couples are enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in a secluded cabin in the woods. The six friends enjoy a few enlightening announcements. Their happy evening cuts short, disturbed by a knock at the door. On Normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be startling, but the knock is a forceful one.
Jessica Sonneborn portrays Tess with Deborah Venegas in the role of Maria. Kristina Page portrays Angel. Actor Matt Aidan plays Issac. Luke is portrayed by Mike Wood and George Troester portrays Terrance.
After hesitating minutes, Tess gets up to open the door, and a man stumbles into the cabin. The stranger coughs blood on her and drops to the floor. The startling event strikes a mixture confusion, anxiety, and fear amongst the group. The group attempts to call the police but to no avail. They soon realize that they are calling each other.
There is soon another knock at the door, but this knock is more subtle than the first one. It’s also the voice of a young girl. The group hesitates. For a moment they dispute on whether to open the door or not.
They assume there could be a little girl on the other side and she could be in danger or hurt. Given the prior event, they aren’t too sure if they should open the door. When Maria gains the courage to walk towards the door a voice is heard. It changes to become deeper, louder, and more deranged.
This has everyone on the whims, as they realize they have become trapped in the cabin. They are hostages to a group of unknown predators.
As intended, Trabucco and Maltauro pays homage to Horror Classics. The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents are examples that come to mind. Yet, the film is still its own entity. There is a slow start of about 10 to 20 minutes worth of dialogue. What follows is non-stop Action, Mystery, and Suspense.
The film was a bit confusing at first. There are constant flashbacks and premonitions interwoven throughout the film. These random bits of memory are hard to decipher at first. Once you realize what’s going on, it’s like putting together a complex jigsaw puzzle.
Trabucco and Maltauro’s film has a complicated story. The plot will completely confuse you unless you are paying attention. The film requires your full, undivided focus. There is so much information presented within an hour, so it can be a bit overwhelming.
Aside from the confusion is the lack of backstories. Key information on the characters is missing. The flashbacks of the main characters are mental distortions. These memories fragmented, it’s hard to understand them.
Also, the mysterious group of predators, the viewer know close-to-nothing about them. All that’s clear is that they are dangerous predators. Who or what are they? Why are they doing this? Why did they decide to prey on this group of people?
Trabucco and Maltauro deliver a compelling message. Their film plays like a modern-day Crime Noir. You have a combination of filming and special effect techniques that are interwoven beautifully. The film is not forced or out of place.
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