The Wrong Door (1990) [Video Vengeance Re-Release] 

A young man doing his job as a jester accidentally goes to wrong door where he meets love and trouble, 

Directed by James Groetsch, Shawn Korby, and Bill Weiss, The Wrong Door takes its premise, gives it a few twists and turns and makes it into something that is meant for a very specific audience. Unfortunately, this review is not that audience. There are some good bits here and there in the film, but overall, it’s one of those long-forgotten films that feels like it should have remained forgotten. That being said, some folks will absolutely love this. The fans of shot on 8mm films should be interested in seeing this film, not so much for the story, but mostly for the way the film was made and how it comes together here. For the rest of the world, this film may just fall in the “ok, I’ve seen it, what now?” category. The story isn’t bad here, but it’s not exactly great either. Many scary moments just don’t stick the landing and thus neither does the film.  

The cast here is neither solid nor terrible, they basically just are. The lead is played by Matt Felmlee who just is. It’s difficult to explain, his work here just is that work. It comes off as ok, but nothing to write home about. Which is really the tone for most of the cast besides a few truly bad performances. The roles are not exactly complex here, but the acting level is not really on point either. It’s not bad enough to be laughable, but it’s also not good enough to be entertaining throughout. There is something here and there, but mostly, there is something missing in the performances.  

In terms of looks, the film is ok considering it was shot on 8mm and on a low budget. The film’s cinematography by co-director Bill Weiss and the editing by co-director James Groetsch basically work here. Yes, some of the scenes are too dark. Yes, the film is grainy. However, it kind of works here, so both are good decisions. The editing is one of the stronger points of the film here.  

The Wrong Door is a film that had so much potential, it’s frustrating to watch it go down the not-good route. The film perhaps suffers from the “too many cooks” issue many films with more than one director do. There is something here, the something seems to get lost in the mix of too many ideas, too little budget, and too many ambitions for the capacity of those involved.  

In terms of this re-release, it’s a solid one, perhaps even a better one than should be hoped for when it comes to this film. This release is packed with special features and some definitely are above the rest in level of interest. The most interesting features are the directors’ interviews, the short film Raiders of the Lost Bark, and the commentaries. This release also comes with physical extras including a door hanger sign and some stickers like old school video stores had on VHS tapes, making this a fun package to go through.