Beyond The Door!

This 1974 Italian exploitation rip-off of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, Beyond the Door, is out on DVD in a glorious transfer. Juliet Mills stars as a mother pregnant with the "devil's" baby and Richard Johnson co-stars as a mysterious figure who keeps crying out: "The child must live!" Mills spews out green bile, her head spins around and she levitates, and the children's dolls get all demonic. On the disc Johnson is wryly funny describing how the film's producers used to fake patrons having heart attacks -- they hired a rented ambulance to cart the theatergoer away every few hours. This kind of hype really spiked box office -- now that's showmanship!

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