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BEYOND THE DOOR
Following William Friedkin’s The Exorcist there was a surfeit of demonic possession knock-offs flooding local cinemas, some from the USA but most from Europe. Italy unleashed dozens, highlighted by director Ovidio (The Visitor) Assonitis’ Beyond the Door. Juliet Mills (Hayley’s sister), a young housewife living with her husband (Gabriele Lavia) in San Francisco, is possessed by the devil and impregnated with what may be Satan’s son. A mysterious, bearded Richard Johnson (The Haunting) shows up from Juliet’s past to help deal with the nefarious goings-on. Surely he will get to the bottom of things… or will he? The film did boffo box office.
“In the later stages… when Jessica begins to turn green and talk like the Big Bopper, the movie’s just conventionally disgusting. We get green vomit, brown vomit, blood, levitations and other manifestations of the devil… It’s all trash, but it’s scary trash.” – Roger Ebert
DIRECTOR: Ovidio G. Assonitis
STARRING: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Elizabeth Turner, David Colin Jr.
RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes
SNOW BEAST (BO SVENSON IN PERSON!!!)
Owners of a Colorado ski resort attempt to minimize the impact when several skiers go missing. Sheriff Paraday (Clint Walker) has an uneasy feeling. When a bitterly disillusioned former gold medalist skier (Bo Svenson, Walking Tall 2) and his fed-up TV reporter wife (Yvette Mimieux) arrive, the crisis really escalates, especially when the town’s Winter Carnival is attacked by the hungry snowman. Something’s got to be done about this Snowbeast! Writer Joseph Stefano (Psycho, the original “Outer Limits”) does what he can with a familiar premise in this Jaws-on-the-ski-slopes programmer.
“This particular Bigfooted one is quite perturbed, wrenching faces, eating people, and taking names.” – Bleeding Skull!
DIRECTOR: Herb Wallerstein
STARRING: Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan, Clint Walker, Sylvia Sidney
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes