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The Open Door (2008)

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A pirate radio station is granting callers their hearts' desires. But as some teenagers find out, be careful what you wish for.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Munden ... Angelica Watson (as Catherine Georges)
Sarah Christine Smith ... Staci
Ryan Doom ... Owen
Daniel Booko ... Spike (Timmy)
Mike Dunay Mike Dunay ... Brad
Guy Wilson ... Jerry
Jake Head ... Jimmy (as Jacob Head)
Ian Kitzmiller Ian Kitzmiller ... Scott
Jessica Anne Osekowsky Jessica Anne Osekowsky ... Heather
Kate Enggren ... Angelica's Mom
Clint Carmichael ... Angelica's Dad
David Alan Graf ... Opening Scene Father
Jen McAllister ... Opening Scene Mother
Shantel VanSanten ... Opening Scene Daughter
Courtney Halverson ... Opening Scene Daughter
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Whilst grounded Angelica listens to a pirate radio station as her friends attend a party. After receiving a text message showing her boyfriend kissing another girl she calls the radio station hot-line granting callers their hearts' desires, when her so-called friends find out they decide to leave the party and break in to her house to scare her. However, Angelica is not alone, and she soon discovers to be careful what you wish for.

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But I don't WANNA be a pirate!
6 October 2009 | by mcwhammerSee all my reviews

In The Open Door, a teenage girl named Anjelica (played by Cathrine Georges) is stuck at home after being grounded... forcing her to miss a party she'd been planning to go to.

As her parents leave to have fun away from home, Anjelica sulks, and decides to listen to the radio. As the night progresses, she finds herself listening to a pirate radio show that runs only once a month - the night of a full moon. Fed up with her putrid, steroid-chugging friends, she decides to call into the station, and speak with the prophet/DJ.

The Oracle, as she calls herself, answers at the station, and asks Anjelica to make a wish for anything she wants. Anjelica is hysterical at the actions of her assumed boyfriend, and hastily wishes for him and everyone around him to leave her alone, among other things. Soon enough she starts hearing and seeing horrible things as a result of her wish. And her friends aren't exactly happy with her wishes.

While watching this, I could certainly tell that the cast was having a ton of fun when they made The Open Door. When the cast is enjoying themselves, the viewer can relax knowing that they're going to be entertained. I wasn't entirely clear on what was happening to Anjelica's friends... at times they looked like zombies, not to mention acting like them. But when I realized what they were really up to, I was pleased with the story turn.

Most horror movies in this vein would take the familiar path of having one guy carrying an over-sized knife, on a path of bloody destruction. I appreciate that The Open Door takes none of the familiar clichéd paths that everyone's grown extremely tired of. The effects are solid... people are flying everywhere, bodies are set on fire, eyes are glossed over. All of this is well done for an independent film.

Perhaps the one fault of the movie is the ending. I know that it's very hard to craft a good ending to go with a great movie - especially hard for a horror/thriller. There's only a handful of ways to end a movie where so many die. The ending is a *flash-crang* scene, if you'll allow me a new term for a scene you'd find in most every scare film out there. Ending a fully original movie with something I've seen before is a slightly disappointing last impression to leave.


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