Trailer: The Other Side of the Door (2016)
Director: Johannes Roberts
Writer: Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror
A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.
The trailer opens up with a couple romantically walking along the beach. The words “A journey to a distant land” is superimposed on the screen. We flash back to the couple. The words “A home to call their own” are superimposed on the screen. We then get a shot of their family, including their kids. It appears to be old family video. The words “A tragic accident” is superimposed on the screen.
The trailer then drastically flashes to a fatal collision. The words “That changed everything” are superimposed on the screen. We then see a woman and her son that’s trapped in a car that’s sinking in the ocean. It looks like the woman gets free but the son doesn’t. She is frantic. Fast forward to after the accident, the family becomes distraught at the loss of their son.
We then get an interesting scene with the woman talking to a mysterious Indian woman. She asks “What if I could bring your son back to you just one more time?” She is then sent on a journey to a mysterious-looking temple. It’s supposed to be the key to the world of the dead. The Indian woman says; “Whatever you do, you must not open the door”. We see someone… or something trying to force the door open. She thinks it’s her son. It is. Despite what the woman said, she frantically opens the door, and is attacked by something dark.
The trailer then goes to a scene where the woman’s daughter is playing the piano and tells her mother “Mommy, I have something to show you”. We see the piano playing itself. Or…an invisible force playing the piano. The daughter says “Oliver’s come back, mommy”. We then see a series of unexplained events. The words “When you bring them back they don’t come alone” are superimposed on the screen. We see a creepy-looking man. This leads to more eerie events. The words “The Other Side of the Door” ends the trailer.
“The Other Side of the Door” trailer has a dark, eerie feel to it. Kind of like “Insidious”. While watching the trailer, it reminded me so much of that movie. Where the young boy becomes “marked” and stuck in a dark place between life and death.
“The Other Side of the Door” takes a different path. This family, who was once happy, was torn apart by a fatal tragedy that took the life of their son. You can see how the tragedy has weighed on them. They are physically, mentally, and emotionally distraught. The mother seeks help from a mysterious woman who has the power to bring her son from the dead temporarily, so that she can say her final goodbyes.
The only rule is that she must not open the door. Of course, this is tough when she gets to speak to her son. She becomes weak to his voice. Without a second thought, she opens the forbidden door. What pursues after this is a series of unfortunate events, as, not only did she bring her son back, but she also brought back other dark, sinister forces.
From the looks of the trailer, I’d say the film will be pretty solid. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this plot, so the only thing director Johannes Roberts have to be weary of is typical sequences.
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Trailer: Amytiville: The Awakening (2016)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
Writer: Franck Kalfoun
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller
Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
The trailer opens up with a family in a car. We get a glimpse of a house. They are moving to a new house, in a new neighborhood. The oldest daughter is not happy. However, the son appears to be very sick, and the preferred hospital in the new town is the best choice for his condition. The words “Inspired by true events” are superimposed on the screen.
We get a glimpse of the house in the dark. It has a dark, haunting feel to it. Strange things begin to happen. Strange noises and unexplained events. We see the son lying on his bed, paralyzed. Instantly, his eyes fly open. He has a horrified look on his face. Like he’s seen a ghost. Things get pretty intense from this point on.
The woman is talking to a doctor, who appears to have grave news. Things doesn’t look so well for the sick child. We see more strange events. The words “Kill them all” are engraved in the ground. Looks like a child’s hand writing. All of this comes to the conclusion that the house is haunted.
We hear a guy talking about the house’s dark past. The owner of the house murdered his family. Things get more intense. More strange things happen, and the source appears to be the sick boy, who no longer looks sick and paralyzed. He looks more possessed. The oldest daughter tries to talk to him. She asks him how can she help him. The words “Kill me” appear on a computer screen. The words “Between illusion and reality lies real evil” flashes on the screen. We see more intense scenes in between these words. The trailer ends with the family sitting down at a table.
At first watch, the trailer for “Amityville: The Awakening” gives you a tense feeling. Just like with most paranormal, supernatural, and evil entity movies, you get a sense of the jitters, so to speak. When you see they are based on true stories and events, that adds to the suspense. The problem with a lot of these paranormal movies based on true events, is that a lot of the movie is hyped up for entertainment purposes. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily take away from the suspense of the film itself. It more-so takes away from the validity of the true story or the event the film is referring to. Not to mention, a lot of paranormal movies come packed with typical horror movie clichés.
When it comes to “The Amityville Horror” movies, after the original (1979) film by director Stuart Rosenberg, the movies start to get that sense of familiarity. Like in each adaptation, you’ve seen that in the last. More-so, a lot of paranormal movies seem to repeat themselves, in general. Each movie you see, you feel like you’ve seen a certain scene in the previous paranormal movie you’ve watched. Or, you feel like you’re watching the previous movie all over again.
The intense scenes in the “Amityville: The Awakening” trailer is what keeps you “holding on” and watching through the end of the trailer. Like with all paranormal movie trailers, it has those random scenes, where things jump out at you and make you flinch. Ghosts and weird-looking creatures that gives you a surprise jolt and a temporary rush of adrenaline. The stuff these movies are made of. The only thing left is to see if it sets apart from other films in the genre. That we will just have to wait and see when the movie releases.