S.F. Brownrigg's sleazy followup to the Grindhouse classic DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT trails a young woman as she returns home to the house where her mother was killed 13 years earlier in order to tend to her dying grandmother. It isn't long before she begins receiving deranged phone calls from her mother's killer as he stalks her in the empty house. Exploitation films generally require three basic elements in order to succeed: gratuitous nudity, lurid violence, and abusive gore. DON'T fails on all accounts. It is a bloodless, vapid affair that stumbles through various Horror movie cliches without ever generating any terror or suspense. Browning makes no attempt to hide the identity of the "mysterious" caller thanks to shoddy lighting, and seems to have drawn heavily from the success of BLACK CHRISTMAS released the year prior. Susan Bracken's performance deters the audience from identifying with her character, which leaves the film with no emotional draw throughout her frightening ordeal. DON'T OPEN THE DOOR does not share the offbeat humor or horror that drove audiences to see DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT, and proves to be an easily forgettable sequel.
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