Maria doesn’t know that Myrtu is awaiting for her son.

Past memories and present emptiness might drive anyone unrealistic and delusional. The unpredictable nature of the future whether it will bring happiness or sorrow makes those of lame character and personality uneasy and unable to move on. The fact that either past or future has the same fate, i.e. will disappear, should bring awareness  that we, human, are basically live in the middle of two-eternal nothingness. We live today. We live by now. Thus, we need to embrace our current being and be thankfulness to what we are now. Otherwise, unhappiness is the only thing left for us.

That’s the moral of The Other Side of the Door, a horror movie using Indian  culture as its background. The movie is started by portraying Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies), who is haunted by her failure to save his son Oliver (Logan Creran) from being drowned; an incident which killed him eventually. Being depressed, she induces her unhappiness towards the rest of her families, especially Michael (Jeremy Sisto), her husband, and Lucy (Sofia Rosinsky), their only daughter. Laying on bed in a hospital for taking pills too much, Piki (Suchitra Pillai-Malik), her maid, offering Maria a mystical experience which enables her to communicate with Oliver for the last time. To do that, she has to go to an abandoned Hindu temple located at Southern India. Piki warns her that Maria should never open the door of the temple while doing the communication. Unable to tackle the temptation to seeing her son Oliver, Maria opens the door; an action which delivers further and more intense danger towards her family, including the life of Piki who continuously warns her about Myrtu, the Hell gatekeeper who chases Oliver to be sent to Hell. Above all, Maria should pay for what she did.

The Other Side of the Door signifies the rise of Indian culture in current modern world. It seems to be rich in superstition and mysticism, but the movie contains basic Indian value such as karma. Oliver could have been rest in peace until Piki and Maria cremate his corpse and Maria puts his ashes on the stairs of the temple. That’s why both have to pay for their action. The most interesting part of Indian culture in this movie is that the course of life and death is still following logical way of thinking. For example, in order to make Myrtu easier to bring Oliver, the family members should diminish, burn, demolish and destroy anything related to Oliver himself. Otherwise, Oliver might haunt them all and cause more deaths to the rest of his family.

The Other Side of the Door serves as monument to Indian culture, the birthplace of mysticism within rationality and rationality embodied within mysticism in the history of human civilization. If you embrace Indian culture, this movie provides thrilling experience, something you might rarely find in Bollywood movies. Still, this movie is recommended to see for everyone who wants to have an alternative in horror genre.


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