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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




New Zealand



Release Date:

11 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La porte-fenĂȘtre See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Heart-jumpingly scary
13 March 2004 | by ProfessorPeachSee all my reviews

This short film managed to do what no other horror film has done since I was a child and actually genuinely frightened me out of my seat.

The structure of the film is such that the mundane, almost long-winded build up lulls the viewer into a false sense of security so that when the pay-off comes it really bangs you over the head.

In some ways, this is a film that you can't really recommend to anyone by saying what a good scare it is because it seems to work best when sprung on the viewer as a complete surprise. Of course, this makes it difficult to know how to suggest it to anyone else. What it really needs is to be "discovered" by the viewer, late at night when he/she is just idly watching whatever is on. Perhaps that's the level on which it works best.

None of this is to run down the film at all which I maintain is excellent, and it would be nice to see the obvious talents of those involved being expanded. It just seems that the very act of being told about it lessens the impact of seeing it, which is a problem when you're trying to get people interested in it...

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