Beyond the Door 3 (1989)

Originally titled “Amok Train,” this in-name-only sequel is certainly peculiar and arresting, but for all the wrong reasons: The dialogue is unnatural, the acting piss-poor, the special effects laughable, and the story undeniably silly (a train possessed by the devil? I mean…). However there’s a certain magnetism that results from so many ineffective elements blending together, not the least of which is lead actress Mary Kohnert, whose thorough lack of screen presence and charisma is truly galling. There are some effective elements here and there, and the death scenes are, on paper at least, imaginative, but the finished product is a hodgepodge that ends up running about twenty minutes too long. European viewers may be reminded of early Mylene Farmer videos, like 1985’s “Plus Grandir” and 1987’s “Tristana,” thanks to the movie’s visual flourishes and its unsettling use of tone, color and content.

Rating: ★ (out of 5)

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s