Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Don't Open the Door
Big city gal, Mandy, receives a phone call (on the world’s largest answering machine) from a woman claiming to be caring for her grandmother, who she has not seen in 13 years. The mysterious caller informs her that her grandmother is very sick and that Mandy should return to her hometown of Alerton, TX immediately. The caller concludes by saying, “Don’t tell anyone I phoned!”
"Let me just check my messages"
Through a montage we learn that Mandy’s mother was brutally stabbed to death while sleeping one night, which is why Mandy has never returned home. Arriving at her grandmother’s large mansion, she finds grandma bedridden and barely able to speak. Leaning in close Mandy hears her whisper, “Go away!”
"Someday I hope they invent a cordless phone!"
We are soon introduced to her grandmother’s doctor, attorney, and Claude, who runs a local doll museum. Mandy demands that her grandmother be taken to the hospital but the doctor emphatically states that this would go against her grandmother’s wishes. Meanwhile the attorney and Claude seem a bit too interested in her grandmother’s finances.
The attorney is just one of many unlikable characters in "Don't Open the Door"
Disgusted with all of them, Mandy throws them out and phones her doctor boyfriend, who agrees to travel to Alerton to have her grandmother taken to the hospital. Meanwhile the judge fails in his attempt to get Mandy to sign the house over to him and Claude creeps her out when she visits his doll store and finds a life-sized doll of her mother. Later Mandy starts receiving eerie phone calls from a whispering man who says things like, “Come closer to the phone so I can hear you breathe.” Soon someone begins murdering the denizens of Alerton.
Mandy spends the entire movie yelling at everyone, which renders her unlikable
Meandering and bloodless without any real suspense, Don’t Open the Door is a tiresome, tedious affair. The Mandy character is unsympathetic, which removes any emotional investment we might have with her and the killer is revealed fairly early on sapping the movie of any mystery.