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The French Doors (2002)

A man installs a set of French doors during a renovation. What he doesn't know is that the doors harbour a secret. A dark secret...


Steve Ayson


Steve Ayson
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Cast overview:
Brett Stewart Brett Stewart ... Home Renovator
Andrew Kouacevich Andrew Kouacevich ... Demolition Man (as Andrew Kovacevich)
Barnie Duncan Barnie Duncan ... Apprentice
Neill Duncan Neill Duncan ... Dark Figure


Somewhere in the wild and rugged landscapes of New Zealand, a solitary man decides to renovate his house with a lot of personal work. As the renovation progresses, the man installs a set of second-hand French doors in his new home, only to discover an altered reality the next morning. Should he explore further the anomaly? Written by Nick Riganas

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Horror | Short


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Screened at the following film festivals: Locarno (2002), Melbourne (2002), the Lyons Short Film Festival (2002), Leeds International Film Festival (2005). See more »


Performed by The Subliminals
From the album "United State"
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scary, thrilling, well done
9 January 2006 | by la_liseSee all my reviews

I spied this short on a DVD of best new Zealand shorts, all great but The french Doors was amazing. It starts off slow and you wonder if there is anything going to happen. Just as you relax into the hum drum of home renovation, the most spookiest thing happens.

EEEEkkk, I wanted to stop watching, but I was glued.

The films dips into the primal fear of the dark and with little, if not any, special effects. It chills you right to the bone. A simple yet brilliant concept opened up all those memories of when I was young and dream't up the most improbably but spooky situations.

The film makers visual style are bang on and the lead character takes you convincingly through the story. It is a quality short that I haven't seen in quite some time.

The French Doors has all the hallmarks of a great feature, alas it finishes after ten minutes or so. Never the less a great ending that begs you to want to know more.

Loved it and well done and thanks for the ride. These New Zealanders are really turning out the talent.

A new fan.

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Release Date:

11 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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La porte-fenĂȘtre See more »

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