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Dora (Daria Nicolodi) and Bruno (John Steiner) move into a new house
with Marco (David Colin jr), her 7 year old son from a previous marriage.
But actually it's not a new house but the house Dora lived with her first
husband Carlo (Nicola Salerno) - but years ago, Carlo, a heroin addict,
killed himself, which temporarily turned her into a mental case.
is, now that she's back in the house, she starts being haunted by her past
more and more ... and that Marco starts to behave ever more strangely and
even menace his mother doesn't help one bit either. Soon enough, Dora is
convinced that the house is haunted Carlo, but her husband simply refuses
to believe her, thinking it's just a slight case of hsteria. Then
suddenly, Dora even starts to remember that it was actually her who killed
Carlo, and that doesn't exactly calm her down, but again Bruno tries to
convince her it's just her nerves ... but then she finds him tearing down
a wall in the cellar, and he confesses everything. After she killed her
husband years back, he walled up the body and made it look like suicide
... but ever since, he didn't dare to have the house sold, fearing that
someone might find the body, but now ... but now Dora attacks him with a
hoe, half mad with hysteria. Then though, hte house with its moving
furniture drives the last bit of good sense out of her and she cuts her
And Marco ?
He's happy he can now play in the garden with
his ghost daddy undisturbed.
Allegedly, director Mario Bava
couldn't be present during most of the filming of this movie due to an
illness, but he made sure that his assistant director (and son) Lamberto
Bava would be able to whelm the project even without him present. Mario
Bava's absence in this film however is rather obviuos, as Behind the
Door II painfully lacks the visual richness of pretty much all his
earlier movies and instead presents the audience with nothing more than
TV-thriller aesthetics, much more reminiscent of Lamberto Bava's later
work as a director. In all, Behind the Door II is not too bad a
shocker, it's just terribly and disappointingly mediocre and based on a
rather silly script that spends way too much time with the film's set-up
and doesn't really come into full bloom until the finale that alt least is
pretty effective for the most part - though when poor Daria Nicolodi is
menaced by a cupboard (!) in one of the last scenes, that's rather
Not really worth your while.