The Open Door Doc Duhame

The Open Door Doc Duhame
An ultra-low budget high school cautionary horror about getting what you wish for, The Open Door is a movie whose intentions are difficult to peg. As a horror flick, it's a dud, but viewed as a straight-faced send-up of teen angst splatter pictures from the '80s, it's good for some laughs. The innocent good girl, and thus heroine, Angelica (Catherine Munden) is crushing on her good-boy counterpart, Brad. All of their friends are vapid caricatures: the asshole jock; the dumb and violent asshole jock; the slut; the rich, spoiled, sluttier, bitchier slut; and their assorted weak-willed hangers on. The lore around town, as enforced by the opening scene, is that on each full moon a bunch of murder-suicides occur. On the same night, urban legend claims that a pirate radio program called The Open Door airs until dawn. There's a big party planned on this full moon, and Angelica's domineering parents forbid her from going. Stuck at home, Angelica grows increasingly frustrated by phone calls and texts from her queen-bitch friend, who's playing mind games to get her to sneak out. Reaching the apex of teen-drama despair due to some staged photos of her crush getting naughty, Angelica calls in to the mysterious radio show she's been listening to and impulsively gushes her wishes upon the coaxing of one of the hosts, a lady calling herself the Oracle. More than half of the film is over by the time the blood begins to flow, and that's both a good and bad thing. On one hand, it's admirable to actually spend time getting to know the characters before offing them, but there isn't much to learn or like about any of these idiots. For such a miniscule budget, some of the gore is actually pretty gruesomely function, but the supernatural effects are horrible, to the point of hilarity. As are the lack of consistent logic behind the mystical aspects of the story, the extremely broad acting, silly, one-dimensional motivations and half-baked, rebellious, philosophical nattering. If the pacing weren't so damn slow, it'd almost be worth recommending for the so-bad-it's-funny file. (Phase 4)