THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR Temple Of Doom
released 18 March 15 | 96 minutes
Director Johannes Roberts
Cast Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy
Sisto, Javiet Botet, Sofia Rosinsky
Sarah Wayne Callies isn’t having much luck in the child- rearing stakes. Her Walking Dead character Lori died giving birth; here she plays Maria, an American living in India, whose son dies in a horrific car accident.
Overcome with grief, Maria’s told of an ancient temple where the living can communicate with the dead. Warned not to let out any stray spirits, she predictably does, and from there, all manner of spooky and often grisly mayhem ensues.
TOSOTD is directed with verve by Storage 24’ s Johannes Roberts, and Callies draws you in with her raw, emotionally charged performance. She has solid support from Jeremy Sisto in the role of Maria’s feckless husband Michael, while Logan Creran and Sofia Rosinsky give affecting turns as her late son and daughter respectively.
It’s hard not to feel that the so- called real- life ghost story of the actual haunted village of Bhangarh that inspired the film is more fascinating than the rather trad chiller that Roberts and co- writer Ernest Riera have come up with. Yet it makes for harrowing viewing that, though strangely familiar, will still linger in the memory. Stephen Jewell
Legend has it Bhangarh was cursed by a holy man after its palace was built up so it cast a shadow over his retreat.
Weeping Angels rehearsals: mixed.