Saturday, January 15, 2011

Someone Behind the Door (1971)

1st View
Format: VHS
Venue: Rivendell (Bronsothon)

The Good: Incredibly strong concept that, were it made ten years sooner, leads me to believe that Someone Behind the Door would have surely been directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

The Bad: The pacing calls into serious debate the attention-holding power of watching snails crawl across a parking lot. The script never allows for anything but Anthony Perkins and Charles Bronson sharing space as talking heads in various rooms. It also has but one single lackluster kill that makes it completely worthless for my project but hey, how do you know unless you watch?

The Weird: Not sure who was in charge of coaching Charles Bronson on what it means to be amnesiac, but apparently all they did was show him the movie Charly, point to the screen, and said "do that." The correlation between amnesiac and mentally deficient is wildly inappropriate.

Rating: 6/10 Atkins

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