The Boy Behind the Door (2020)

DailyView: Day 166, Movie 247

I am continuing to search through Shudder in this October horror section of the DailyView, and there are just a ton of horror movies that I have never seen. Tonight, I came across a film called The Boy Behind the Door from last year.

Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey) were best friends. They would swear to be best friends until the end. Then, the boys are abducted and thrown into the trunk of a car. When they arrive at their destination, Kevin is taken out of the trunk and locked in a room in the isolated house. Bobby is able to get out of the trunk, but he would not leave his friend.

I loved this movie. The two boys did an amazing job in the film. Their friendship is at the very heart of the movie and is so strong that it was the distinct characteristic of these characters.

The debut of filmmakers David Charbonier and Justin Powell, The Boy Behind the Door truly amps up the anxiety and tension of the simple story of an abduction. I found myself yelling at the screen a few times when Bobby or Kevin would do something to survive.

I was so ready to have Kristin Bauer van Straten, one of the kidnappers of the film, get her comeuppance. The film was extremely satisfying in this manner. She brought a lot of menace and viciousness to the role.

The film is well paced and really gets you rooting for these boys to survive their encounter with these evil people. It is a well done horror movie that is totally entertaining.

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