The trailer for Johannes Roberts’ The Other Side Of The Door is chockablock with horror-movie references, including a grieving mother (played here by The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies), spooky kids, an ancient evil that’s all-too-casually accessed, and a slowed-down version of a children’s song (this time, “Heart And Soul”). But does it promise future frights? Not so much.
After Maria (Callies) loses her son Oliver in a car accident, she travels to India in search of a ritual that will allow her to say her final goodbye. Maria and the local mystic she consults actually believe that after having traveled thousands of miles, the bereaved mother wouldn’t dare to ask for something more than to speak to her son from the other side of the door. But Maria does open the door, which turns out to be the gateway to the world of the dead, and then ghostly hijinks ensue, like her son’s now-malevolent spirit playing the piano with his sister, or pulling out a chair for his mom. And because Sometimes They Come Back with scary company, It Follows that some specter pops up whenever Maria’s back is turned, so she might have to bury this thing in the Pet Sematary. Or something like that.
Whatever’s on The Other Side Of The Door will be revealed March 11, 2016.