Not a Beyond the Door sequel, but an original film re-titled. Mary Kohnert plays Beverly, a timid teen traveling to Yugoslavia on a class trip. Bo Svenson channels Sean Bean as the sinister professor Andromolek, who meets the students when they arrive. Andromolek takes them to a remote village where he intends for Beverly to star in a once-a-century satanic ritual.
A straightforward trap premise, but the kids prove smart and flee at the first sign of trouble. I won’t spoil any more. Suffice it to say the atmospheric location photography and surprising production values overcome the kids’ stiff acting. The resulting rollercoaster careens between schlock and inspired dread—sometimes in the same scene.
And that shot toward the end, of the carriage traveling in front of a lake at dusk, would make Terrence Malick proud.
- Vinegar Syndrome, 2020↩