Beyond the Seventh Door – Canada, 1987 – reviews

Beyond the Seventh Door is a 1987 Canadian horror film written and directed by Croatian-born B.D. Benedikt. It stars Yugoslavian-born actor Lazar Rockwood (Witchblade) and Bonnie Beck (Friday the 13th: The Series; Don’t Turn Out the Light; City in Panic).

Boris (Lazar Rockwood), an ex-con and career thief convinces his ex-girlfriend Wendy (Bonnie Beck) to help him rob her wealthy boss’ castle. But when Boris discovers that the eccentric millionaire has booby-trapped the building, they’ll have to survive six riddle-triggered rooms of homicidal mayhem in order to claim the treasure…

In the US, Intervision is releasing Beyond the Seventh Door on DVD for the first-time on October 31, 2017, with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director BD Benedikt and Actor Lazar Rockwood, moderated by Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com)
  • Beyond Beyond the 7th Door: Interviews with Writer/Director BD Benedikt, Actor Lazar Rockwood, and Canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe
  • The King of Cayenne: An Appreciation of Legendary Toronto Eccentric Ben Kerr

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“This film succeeds on its surprises. On its twists, turns and unexpected moments deep underground. I may have already told you too much. I knew nothing about it when I tuned in. But, I got caught up in Mr. Rockwood’s face and the promise of “treasure”. You should find a copy and watch it. It is low budget. None of the rooms are epic rooms that will make your jaw drop but they’re all interesting.” Dan Budnik, Bleeding Skull!

“A no-budget obscurity from the dusty bottom row of the VHS shelf, Beyond the Seventh Door is a strangely mesmerizing low budget Canadian thriller that matches high concept plotting with one of the most bizarre performances seen in a professionally mounted production.” Canuxploitation!

“As most people who have seen this movie will point out, Rockwood’s weatherbeaten mug, scraggly black ‘do, copious hand acting and curious ESL line readings eerily presage the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau. If you enjoy rubbernecking, watching this awkward guy stumble through a gamut of homemade Legends of the Hidden Temple gags makes Beyond the Seventh Door a really entertaining crapheap.” Scrambled Face, Letterboxd

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