The Pale Door Reviews

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December 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.
December 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.
October 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.
September 16, 2020
The Pale Door is a raucous ride through a different type of wild west.
September 1, 2020
Co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz's perceptiveness for the Western genre makes The Pale Door into a worthy hybrid horror.
August 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.
August 28, 2020
Call it the horror virus, one that is afflicting more and more films: overkill overshadows restraint.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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.
August 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."
August 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.
August 21, 2020
Koontz's command over the material is so absent that it is at times hard to distinguish his film from a spoofy Western-themed fair where a group of friends play dress-up for amusement.
August 21, 2020
A horror movie with a silly premise that's not even well executed.
August 21, 2020
The Pale Door's action is ultimately charged with brotherly love. It's a very personal story about the bonds of family, but it's also a strong, genre-inflected western with plenty of violence and scares to keep horror fans occupied.
August 21, 2020
Aaron B. Koontz's witchy 'weird western' uncovers horror, sin and countercultural resistance in America's history
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