Reviews

Jun 5, 2021
The whole enterprise would be amusing if it weren't so pathetically miscalculated...There's simply nothing funny or horrific to be found here.
Mar 30, 2021
Half revisionist western, half lurid witch thriller, 'The Pale Door' settles in a space where it is disappointingly neither.
Mar 1, 2021
I want to live a world with more western horror movies and I want them all to be as fun and freaky as The Pale Door. Yee-haw!
Feb 12, 2021
Horror western from Aaron Koontz, exploring responsibility and what it means to be good when one's role models aren't. Slow to start, though tense as it progresses and beautifully produced.
Dec 31, 2020
There are some good effects and fans of body horror may be pleased by the inventive deaths, but in the end The Pale Door feels like a wasted premise.
Dec 22, 2020
It's an inert, dreadfully dull mess that tries for some From Dusk Till Dawn-style "you thought it was this kind of movie, but it's really this kind of movie" shenanigans, and falls flat.
Oct 4, 2020
The Pale Door is one of those films that becomes infinitely more interesting the more you learn about its origins, the process of creation, and the ideas which run through the film.
Sep 16, 2020
The Pale Door is a raucous ride through a different type of wild west.
Sep 1, 2020
Co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz's perceptiveness for the Western genre makes The Pale Door into a worthy hybrid horror.
Aug 28, 2020
Although The Pale Door stumbles a good bit it does offer a horrific look at misogyny, patriarchy, and the enduring Puritanism of America.
Aug 28, 2020
Call it the horror virus, one that is afflicting more and more films: overkill overshadows restraint.
Aug 28, 2020
Koontz is no Robert Rodriguez, and his script ain't Tarantino. But like its brothel denizens, this movie has the appeal of something as frisky as it is cheap.
Aug 27, 2020
With a promising title taken from Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Haunted Palace, the movie The Pale Door immediately squanders that promise.
Aug 27, 2020
C'mon Mickey let's put on a show. You can be an outlaw and Judy can be a witch. We can just use some falling down sets and it will all be fun. No, it isn't.
Aug 24, 2020
Koontz's film is an honest, sincere, and affectionate tribute to both genres, further proof that the world could use more horror westerns - especially when they're as good as this.
Aug 22, 2020
Austin filmmaker Aaron B. Koontz combines Salem witches with the Old West for this gory hybrid. Should satisfy horror fans over those who fancy a good ole western.
Aug 22, 2020
Not as weird or fun as it sounds, the deliberately paced film dabbles in atmospheric eccentricities before settling for a conventionally gory payoff.
Aug 21, 2020
Elevated by the performances, it's successful because of the heart and passion of every actor and crew member involved. While it's not the most refined project, The Pale Door is a fun ride through the Old West.
Aug 21, 2020
One Dalton gang member perfectly sums up my reaction to this inane, inept horror/Western: "I've had enough of this strange shit."
Aug 21, 2020
An outright thrilling and chilling blend of the horror and western genres with a still solid ensemble cast, a gleeful display of gore and magnificent direction from Koontz.