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Beyond the Door (1974)

Chi sei? (original title)
R | | Horror | 31 July 1975 (USA)
Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?

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(as O. Hellman), (as R. Barrett)

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(story) (as O. Hellman), (story) | 7 more credits »
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Jessica Barrett
Gabriele Lavia ...
Robert Barrett
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Dimitri
Nino Segurini ...
Dr. George Staton
Elizabeth Turner ...
Barbara Staton (as Elisabeth Turner)
Barbara Fiorini ...
Gail Barrett
Carla Mancini ...
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David Colin Jr. ...
Ken Barrett
Vittorio Fanfoni ...
Mr. Francis
Luigi Marturano
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Juliet Mills plays a pregnant woman who becomes possessed by a demon and begins puking split pea soup all over the place. Ex-boyfriend Richard Johnson shows up to save the day. Written by Humberto Amador

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A horrifying and blood chilling drama of possession. See more »

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Beyond the Door  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

First assistant director Peter Shepherd brought Juliet Mills onto the project having worked with her on "Avanti". Director 'Ovidio Assonitis' had actually had Samantha Eggar in mind for the lead role. See more »

Quotes

Voice of Demon: Ladies and gentlemen, may I ask for your attention, just for a minute. Soon you will be caught up in the events taking place on the screen, and then you may forget all about me... well, almost, anyway. You see, I must confess to a certain feeling of propriety toward the story that's about to begin because, immodest though it may sound, I play an extremely important part in the proceedings. In fact, without me, there really... wouldn't be any story at all. Of course, you won't actually see me. ...
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Referenced in Beyond the Door III (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Bargain with the Devil
Music Composed and Conducted by Franco Micalizzi
Written by Sid Wayne
Performed by Warren Wilson
Produced by Danny Weis (as Danny Weiss)
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The Devil and Ms. Mills

A woman is having a baby despite taking the pill and experiencing abnormal fetal growth rates. The baby is a devil child(as we learn indirectly from the opening narration by Lucifer no less). Sure, it's easy to dismiss this film as nothing more than a blatant rip-off of The Exorcist. Make no mistake it is. We have head-turning here, vomiting, moving around on a bed, a devil/demonic plot, and other bizarre occurrences. What we don't have is any real suspense, sense of storytelling, inspired direction, acting of any merit, or the wholly important thematic thread of priest/religion/God exhibited in the original Exorcist. Juliet Mills made me feel sorry for her that she was the headline performer in this muddled mess. She is asked to do lots of things beneath her: vomit, say ridiculous profanity, move her lips while some guy with a deep voice rants on and on about ten more years(that's another ridiculous plot thread), and perhaps the most inane of all scenes eat a rotten banana peel of dirty street steps. Mills, though not a great actress by any means, always was able to have an air of dignity. Not in this. At least she is not alone. Richard Johnson, the other primary non-Italian co-star, gives yet another unsatisfying, bland performance as some guy named Dimitri who we see in the beginning go off a cliff and then verbally hear him make a pact with the devil to live ten more years. What a stupid story! Wait till you see the end with the kid on the boat. I know someone somewhere thought that was oh! so clever. NOT! The Italian supporting cast was generally poor. Mill's two children are more than aggravating as they call their parents by their first name and utter profanities throughout. When Regan wasn't possessed, she was a sweet kid that the audience could care for. Who cares about these kids? Director Ovidio Assonitis does occasionally strike fool's gold with a scene here and there that shows some potential. I liked the opening narration. In fact I think it is the best thing about the movie. Some of the scenes of dolls with bright eyes and a smashed fish tank were fairly well-done too. By and large; however, the film misses way too much and is a very poor imitation of not only The Exorcist but ANY decent horror film of the 1970s.


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