Review: Unnerving 'Doors' Opens Up into Fresh, Captivating Territory

by Kevin Taft

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday March 23, 2021
Originally published on March 23, 2021


The anthology film "Doors" is a beguiling look at an otherworldly global event told through the eyes of very different characters.

Written by four screenwriters and directed by three directors, "Doors" opens with a sort of apocalyptic take on "The Breakfast Club." A group of students taking a test in their high school's library are thrown into chaos when a voice comes over the loudspeaker and announces the school is on an emergency lockdown. Meanwhile, the kids' teacher gets a frantic phone call and dashes out the door, leaving the students to fend for themselves.

As strange cataclysmic noises are heard outside, the kids manage to get out into the hallway, only to be confronted with something preternatural. A wall of undulating blackness (the "door") appears in the hall, blocking their exit and emitting a strange hum. One by one, the students have a variety of reactions to the psychologically manipulative wall and while some are terrified, a few of them are drawn to it.

The second segment concerns volunteers who agree to enter the doors to investigate what is inside, even though there's a possibility they might not return. A couple (played by Josh Peck and Lina Esco) enter the door with a friend, and, once inside, things get confusing, weird, and tragic.

The last segment (which has two parts) concerns a scientist named Lamal (Kyp Malone) who lives in the wilderness studying an unregistered door. There, he learns to communicate with it — or the beings controlling it — and begins to understand what they want. But the arrival of his ex-girlfriend and her annoying boyfriend could spell doom for all of them.

At a swift hour and twenty minutes, "Doors" is consistently engrossing and delivers some big jumps and gasps, as well as an array of stressful scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat. Directors Jeff Desom, Saman Kesh, and Dugan O'Neal have done an incredible job of creating a creepily curious worldwide event and their characters have to learn to deal with. This is a world that could absolutely be expanded into a series.

The directors and writers have crafted something so fresh and unsettling you find yourself wanting more. Sure, there aren't a lot of explanations, and the segments sometimes end too quickly, but what they do show us is unnerving and endlessly captivating.

"Doors" is currently in select theatres and arrives on VOD March 23rd.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.