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By James Whittington, Friday 29th April 2022 The Boy Behind the Door Acorn Media Certificate 15 ****
This title crept up on me, I knew little about it so went in blind, came out the other end disturbed, challenged and I have to admit, a bit emotional. The Boy Behind the Door takes a very sensitive subject, that of child abduction and the evils which go along with it, and ramps it to an extreme and intense level.
Twelve-year-old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and best friend, Kevin (Ezra Dewey) are abducted on their way home from school and taken to a house surrounded by miles of bleak, dark country in every direction. Bobby manages to escape his confines and quietly navigates the dark halls in a bid for escape, but when he hears Kevin's screams, he realises he can't leave his friend behind...
Avoiding his kidnapper at every turn and with no means of calling for help, Bobby embarks on a high-stakes rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive...or die trying.
Co-written and co-directed by Justin Powell and David Charbonier, The Boy Behind the Door is a true edge-of-seat experience which takes an incredibly dark and upsetting situation and turns it into a breath-taking and chilling cat-and-mouse thriller.
This terrifying scenario is every parent and child's nightmare and here is constructed with care and deliberate, heart-tugging impact. The young cast are superb, the conviction they apply to the lines of the script are incredibly mature and add a high level of jeopardy to the movie. Chavis and Dewey are destined for an amazing career if they keep up this sort of performance. The young boys are ably supported by Kristin Bauer van Straten and Micah Hauptman who add tension and true darkness to the film.
As this is a horror movie there are some moments of splatter on show but not too much to take you out of this raw situation. The key here is that it never becomes exploitative and does its best to remain firmly in the real world.
The disc comes along with a selection of Bloopers, and a "The Boy Behind the Door" Music Video.
The Boy Behind the Door is an accomplished movie which deals with a difficult topic with care without losing its prime directive and that's to shred your nerves and it does so magnificently.
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