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Willow

'The Open Door'
(Catherine Georges, Ryan Doom, Daniel Booko, et al / DVD / NR / (2008) 2011 / Phase 4 Films)

Overview: Innocent and trusting Angelica falls in with the wrong crowd at school and finds herself grounded during the biggest party of her senior year. So, the desperate teen turns to a mysterious pirate radio station that appears on full moon nights to grant the wishes of its callers!

DVD Verdict: OK, not beating around the bush, the storyline is simple, but plot effective for the genre: A pirate radio station is granting callers their hearts' desires. But as some teenagers find out, be careful what you wish for!

'The Open Door' tells the tale of a teenage girl named Anjelica (Cathrine Georges) who is stuck at home after being grounded. Bored, angry, unsettled, she misses a big party she'd been planning to go to. But, with her parents out of the house for the night, Anjelica tunes into her local radio pirate station - but something else out there is now listening to her, as much as she is to it!

As things move forward, a little slowly, in truth, Anjelica finds herself listening to a show that only goes live once a month - the night of a full moon. Of course! Anyway, upset with the fact she cannot go to this party, and pissed (in general) with her annoying, steroid-taking friends, she decides to call into the station. Speaking with the "Prophet"/DJ, The Oracle (as she calls herself) takes her call.

The Oracle than asks Anjelica to make a wish ... for anything she wants to come true. Well, at that moment iof thought, Anjelica is angry with the actions of her so-called boyfriend, and so wishes for him (and everyone around him) to leave her alone - amongst other things. Soon enough she starts hearing and seeing horrible things as a result of her wish!

An above-decent movie, a lot of fun to watch, the cast seem to be enjoying their lines and acting well too. Sure it's not exactly too original a concept, but it's original enough to work - and well. I mean, 'The Open Door' treads carefully along the path of familiar clichéd horror moments, and twists them, somewhat. The effects are solid too, which helps. People are sent flying, bodies are set on fire, and eyes are glossed over very effectively.

Lastly, and yes, perhaps the one fault of the movie is the ending, but that said, in this day and age it's got to be hard to craft a good ending to go with a great movie - especially for a horror/thriller in this age of been there, seen that. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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