THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR Tem­ple Of Doom

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

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