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Beyond the Door II (Schock) (Suspense) (1977)





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This effective occult horror film was the final feature directed by the legendary Mario Bava. Daria Nicolodi gives her most convincing performance as Dora, who moves back into her old house with a new husband, Bruno (John Steiner), after spending time in a mental hospital. Strange things start happening, mostly involving her young son Marco (David Colin, Jr.), who seems to be possessed by the ghost of Dora's first husband Carlo, a heroin addict who committed suicide. Dora suffers from vivid hallucinations, and it soon becomes obvious that she is going completely mad, and that Bruno knows more about Carlo's death than he lets on. Bava stages the hallucination scenes with his trademark visual flair, and his son Lamberto Bava's script, co-written with Francesco Barbieri, Paola Brigenti and Dardano Sacchetti, handles Dora's shifting sense of reality with great skill and a subtlety rare for Italian horror films of the period. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Door II (Schock) (Suspense)

All Critics (3)

The film is not without interest to fans with patience to sit through the dull recitatives in exchange for the occasional beautiful aria, but the pleasures are few and far between.

July 9, 2008 | Full Review…

It's actually an effective, scary horror movie in its own right.

August 9, 2007 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Beyond the Door II (Schock) (Suspense)


Scary? Yes in it's own way and throw Mario Bava's imganation and concept. Now Mario Bava is withouta doubt one of my top 5 directors of all time and i have seen just about all of his films and i have yet to hate one. Great acting and dubbing (italian) and some nice effects before CGI and how they make tables and shit move. And a creepy ending but the story can be predictable. For any horror fans go for it. BTW i'm not sure how this passed it's self off as another Beyond the Door film.

Keiko  Aya
Keiko Aya

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Ok, this isn't the best Mario Bava has to offer. I have a tendency to dislike most child actors and that brings down my enjoyment of this, as does the disjointed story itself. This film doesn't really get good until the last half an hour, which is a shame. Unfortunately, the talent of Daria Nicolodi can't save it either. Tune in for the final minutes of the film if anything else.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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Usually listed as Shock since it has nothing to do with Beyond The Door. A little slow...a little disjointed...but fun in a "Bava-rian" sort of way. Interesting to see Argento's muse (and girlfriend) in a Bava film. For fans of the genre and/or the director a must see, for others...probably not.

Robert C
Robert C

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