The Doorway (2000)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  24 October 2000 (USA)
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An easy paying job turns into a fight to the death, when college students realize that the house they're cleaning is a portal to Hell.



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Complete credited cast:
Professor Lamont
Suzanne Bridgham ...
Lydia / Evelyn
Brendan Murray ...
Ricco Se ...
Joe Moylan ...
Christopher Burdett ...
Mirror Demon
Daniel McNamara ...
Mirror Demon
Hoda Saoud ...
Demon #1
Dieter Auner ...
Demon #2
John Cullen ...
Demon #3
Walter Van Buren (as Robert G. Hall)


Four college students looking for a cheap place to live have found what looks to be a dream deal: in exchange for renovating a broken-down old mansion, they will not only get paid for their work, but will also get to live there rent-free. They naturally accept the offer, and quickly move in and get to work. Not so long afterwards, however, strange things start happening to all of them, and it soon becomes clear that they are not alone inside the eerie house. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Taglines: hell


Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality, horror violence/gore and some language | See all certifications »


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1.85 : 1
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During the filming of this picture the cast, director and some of the crew members actually lived in the house that serves as the exterior of the Van Buren mansion. See more »


Professor Lamont: I don't do ghosts anymore & I never did demons.
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Written, Produced and Arranged by Michèle Vice-Maslin
Performed by Brenda Lee Eager
Published by Sweetersongs (BMI)
Courtesy of Sweetersongs
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Nicely done rehash of old cliches
26 October 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Writer/director Druxman draws from previous films of his producer Roger Corman (such as "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Dunwich Horror") to deliver a well-done ensemble piece about the doorway to hell.

Filmed in Ireland, but presumably set in Massachusetts or New England, a group of four teenagers and their lecturer dare to uncover the dreaded doorway despite their horrific encounters with a demon. It is not clear whether they are brave or stupid.

Scheider's role is lamentably too small to have an impact despite top-billing. It's the kids we care about despite their immaturity.

The writer/director knows we've seen it all before, so while the film is played straight, the tongue is firmly in his cheek. The humour is not out of place, but the frights are genuine.

Stay tuned for the wrap-up, it's satisfying though you will feel like a victim of a practical joke. The fate of the surviving two teenagers might have made a great sequel.

Really, what does happen to characters in horror movies when the "horror" is over?

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