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Beyond the Door (1974) – Episode 98 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“Come on, you filthy pig. Lick the vile whore’s vomit!” Thanks, but no thanks. Not hungry. (Sheesh!) Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they bravely, but maybe foolishly, take a look Beyond the Door!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 98 – Beyond the Door (1974)

Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil’s baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her… but what does he really want?

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Beyond the Door is one of those films that tripped Doc’s trigger at a young age and he tells a fun story about his first viewing. He admites it’s a bad movie but several of the movie’s scenes still give him nightmares. The rest of the Grue Crew’s opinions aren’t so favorable. In fact, Chad and Jeff wish they’d watched Godmonster of Indian Flats again and Jeff begin thinking about buying the Godmonster Blu-ray. Chad also comments on the son’s addiction to eating Campbell’s Pea Soup through a straw from the can while Jeff obsesses over the nose flute. Bill professes a fondness for Juliet Mills and is very impressed with the trailer. Even though Beyond the Door wasn’t a favorite, Bill, Chad, and Jeff agree there are some pretty scary scenes in the film, possibly agreeing with Roger Ebert’s review calling it “scary trash.”

Doc gives Beyond the Door a hearty recommendation, cautioning listeners not to confuse it with Behind the Green Door. The balance of the Grue Crew is a bit more reserved in their recommendation. If you are so inclined, at the time of this writing, Beyond the Door is streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an “Old Boy.” Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine and co-hosted the SQ Bloodlines podcast. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is co-host of the Decades of Horror The Classic Era and 1970s podcasts.