BEYOND THE DOOR III aka AMOK TRAIN (1989) Reviews and overview

 

Beyond the Door III – aka Amok Train and Death Train – is a 1989 Italian-Yugoslavian horror feature film directed by Jeff Kwitny. It is the sequel in-name-alone to Beyond the Door II (the US title for Mario Bava’s Shock, 1977).

Plot:

A group of American students go on a Balkan Studies field trip. They meet up with their professor (Bo Svenson) to bear witness to a sacred pagan ritual.

When they realize that they’re the ones to be sacrificed, they run for their lives and escape by hopping a train. But there’s another problem: the train is possessed and is determined to reunite these kids with their horrifying fates! The evil train thirsts for blood and soon the students begin dying horrible, gruesome deaths.

One girl, however, seems marked for eternity as Satan’s bride. With their method of escape turned against them, they must find a way off this train gone amok!

Reviews:

“The story itself is not only derivative but has an everything-including-the-kitchen-sink mentality yet the execution is admirable. Cinematographer Adolfo Bartoli makes the most of the misty Yugoslavian landscapes and filters (and manages some elegant sequences) and the pyrotechnic special effects are quite ambitious for a low budget production (even if the model is laughable).” DVD Beaver

“Thanks to cinematographer Adolfo Bartoli the film looks far, far better than it ever had a right to given the low budget. The squishy gore effects are as good as, even superior to, those seen in the much better known — and, to my mind, often overpraised — works of Lucio Fulci from the same decade. Ultimately, though, what derails this movie (yep, I just had to go there) is one of the most inane scripts imaginable.” Eccentric-Cinema

Cast and characters:

  • Mary Kohnert … Beverly Putnic
  • Bo Svenson … Professor Andromolek
  • Victoria Zinny … Beverly’s Mother
  • Savina Gersak … Sava
  • Sarah Conway Ciminera … Christie
  • William Geiger … Kevin
  • Alex Vitale … Angel
  • Ron Williams … Larry
  • Renee Rancourt … Melanie
  • Jeremy Sanchez … Richard
  • Igor Pervic … Marius
  • Susan Zelouf … Miss Chase
  • Tania Alexander … Air hostess
  • Mario Novelli … Engineer
  • Ratko Tankosic … Coal Stoker

Technical details:

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35: 1
  • Audio: Dolby

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