Interviewer wisdom has it that no matter how good a performer an actor is if they've made a duffer of a movie you can see their disappointment behind the hard sell smile. Sure, they might try to talk it up and brazen it out, but when the jig is up, to borrow from Mystery Men, they know you know they know. Oh to sit across from The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies and talk about The Other Side of the Door - easily the duffest horror in a good while. If you've felt short-changed by too many a 15A farce already, buddy, save yourself the pain and dodge this one.
Set in Mumbai, The Other Side of the Door tells the story of Maria (Callies), a grieving mother who lost her son Oliver (Creran) in an accident. Under the same roof is spooky housekeeper Piki (Pillai) who is mourning the death of her own daughter. Sensing that Maria is moving close to the edge again, Piki tells her about an abandoned temple in a forest where grievers can say one last goodbye to the loved ones waiting, ahem, on the other side of the door. But there's a catch - on the door and with the process.
Even the most forgiving of horror fans may find it hard to locate something good in this turkey - The Squawking Dead, if you will. Despite the Indian location, The Other Side of the Door looks cheaper in places than a low budget US soap opera. That could be forgiven if it wasn't so slow and tension-free - the both-cheeks kiss of death in this genre. Hundreds of great little films are denied a film release and yet this ends up on the schedules?
The much-talked-about The Witch is out next week.