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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?

Directors:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as O. Hellman), Robert Barrett (as R. Barrett)

Writers:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (story) (as O. Hellman), Antonio Troiso (story) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Juliet Mills ... Jessica Barrett
Gabriele Lavia ... Robert Barrett
Richard Johnson ... Dimitri
Nino Segurini Nino Segurini ... Dr. George Staton
Elizabeth Turner Elizabeth Turner ... Barbara Staton (as Elisabeth Turner)
Barbara Fiorini Barbara Fiorini ... Gail Barrett
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... (credit only)
David Colin Jr. David Colin Jr. ... Ken Barrett
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Mr. Francis
Gino Marturano Gino Marturano ... (as Luigi Marturano)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Terror lives Beyond The Door! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Door See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Electric System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 65361 delivered on 22-10-1974. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 6:06 in the beginning the child's shoes are shown, then a cut away to the child. Who is obviously too short, and human to bend and contort in the manner in which the camera suggests. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Barrett: [in a demonic voice] Whooooo aaare youuuuu?
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Alternate Versions

The widescreen presentation under the title Devil Within Her, features almost 15 minutes of newer footage that was not shown in theaters. This includes the complete credits, a scene were Jessica meets Dimitri in the ritual grounds and a scene showing Jessica with Robert and her children shopping down San Francisco and seeing Dimitri. 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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Beyond the Door / The Devil Within Her (1974) **1/2
1 February 2009 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

I will consider this DVD viewing a first-time watch for me, because I saw the unedited edition now released on disc by Code Red, under the European title THE DEVIL WITHIN HER (not to be confused with the Joan Collins film of the same name). Indeed, this Italian horror movie has gone through several title changes -- from CHI SEI? in its own country, to its most recognizable American name, BEYOND THE DOOR. But the only way to see it is under the complete DEVIL WITHIN HER form, since the U.S. version -- which I did see on a crappy videotape 20+ years back -- is a much more incomprehensible mess. Two directors tackled this (Ovidio G. Assonitis and Roberto D'Ettore Piazzoli), which is obviously a ripoff of THE EXORCIST with hints of ROSEMARY'S BABY. Director Ovidio states he got the idea from seeing the Polanski film, and from only reading the Exorcist novel.

Juliet Mills (of TV's NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR) stars as a British woman named Jessica living in San Francisco with her husband Robert (Gabriele Lavia) and her two small children. She becomes impregnated with what may be a spawn of the devil himself, and as a result she goes through a series of disturbing trends: smashing her hubby's favorite fish tank, eating a raw banana peel from the street, kissing her sleeping little boy lustfully on his lips, spewing blood and vomit, and rotating her head and levitating. A strange bearded man (Richard Johnson) who has had ties with her from the past, follows her husband around and introduces himself as Dimitri, a cultist who is now trying to help Jessica and to also release his own soul.

I don't think this is a good movie, but it's serviceable horror fare with enough shocks and eerie optical effects considering it's an EXORCIST copycat made on a limited budget. Some of the photography is hauntingly done, and Juliet Mills is quite good in her part as the possessed mom. The participation of Richard Johnson also lends something of class to such horrific goings-on. I think this film gets too harshly judged, though I am not surprised if most of those reviewers only got to see the inferior common U.S. Theatrical Cut. **1/2 out of ****


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