Beyond the Door (1974)
Directed by Olivio Assonitis

Starring Elisabeth Turner Gabriele Lavia Juliet Mills Nino Segurini Richard Johnson

It's difficult for people in the 2000s to comprehend just how popular "The Exorcist" was when it was released in 1973. It was a phenomenon. Everyone and their mother was talking about it. It was re-released again and again and again, because there weren't VCRs in those days, and everyone wanted to see Linda Blair puke soup and turn her head around 360 degrees. Those sure were the days.

So naturally it spawned hordes of imitators, one of the most successful of which was "Chi Sei?" (aka, "Beyond the Door"). Produced in Italy and filmed in San Francisco, it stars Juliet Mills as a pregnant woman who is possessed by a demon -- combining elements from both "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist" into one Italian knock-off.

Special effects include the standard puking of split pea soup. There's also a pretty impressive scene where an eye turns up in a whiskey glass and, when it's thrown away, the camera takes on the point of the view of the eyeball. Of course, there's levitation and a spinning head too.

Most people agree that Mario Bava's sequel, "Beyond the Door II", (released as "Shock" before it was marketed as a sequel to this hit), is much better.

The film has been hard to find on video, but Code Red is planning a remastered DVD release.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore


Posted by John Fulcher on April 1, 2008
This is possibly the greatest motion picture ever made! Not only is it a good chic flic to watch with your honey but the whole family can watch as well. It really shows the glory and love of Lord Satan.

Posted by ro0on on July 30, 2009

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