Beyond the Door II (AKA SHOCK) (1977)

A rare phenomenon in the horror genre is a sequel that’s superior to its predecessor, which surprisingly applies to this notorious, almost-obscure series. While the first is mostly famous for so blatantly copying “The Exorcist” that it was sued out of theaters, this unrelated sequel (initially released as “Shock”) manages to establish an ominous, deeply unsettling atmosphere nearly from the beginning. The characters aren’t particularly well-developed and there are some editing and transition issues here and there, but the score is so eerie and the plot is legitimately interesting, so much so that I didn’t realize how interested I was until the climax rolled around and took me by surprise. Not for everybody, but fans of obscure horror should hunt for this one.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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