Beyond the Seventh Door (1987) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Bozidar D. Benedikt
Starring: Lazar Rockwood, Bonnie Beck, Gary Freedman
Rated: UR/Region: 0/1:33/Number of disc: 1
Available From Intervision Media Corp
Boris, an ex-con and career thief who convinces his ex-girlfriend (Bonnie Beck) to help him rob her wealthy boss castle. But when Boris discovers that the eccentric millionaire has booby-trapped the building, they’ll have to survive six riddle-triggered rooms of homicidal mayhem in order to claim the treasure. Writer/director (and future best-selling religious thriller author) B.D. Benedikt made his unforgettable filmmaking debut with this bottom-shelf VHS classic, now loaded with Special Features produced exclusively for its worldwide DVD premiere.
Part SAW, part Cube, but with a whole lot of weird is how I’d describe Beyond the Seventh Door to anyone who might ask. The movie doesn’t have the biggest cast in the world but is headed up by one of the most awkward leading men you’ve ever seen in Lazar Rockwood. Nevermind how we are to believe that Rockwood’ character was able to bag such a catch as his girlfriend in the film played by Bonnie Beck. Let’s talk about how Lazar makes every line he delivers in this movie either hilarious or extremely weird. His character here is that of a man fresh out of jail. His lady wants him to find a job but he talks her into letting him take one last job and coming along with him for it. He’s then trapped as a voice from inside the place somewhat gives him clues about how to make it to the next section of the location. It is all very weird but I’ve come to expect that from all Canuxploitation films.
A movie like this will be watched more for the spectacle of it rather than any form of quality. You’ll be amused and you’ll laugh from time to time at a movie that I’m pretty sure was never fully meant to be a comedy. The plot can be a bit slow and it is a scaled down film with a very elaborate plot, but don’t go into it expecting too much out of it or you’ll find yourself a bit disappointed in what you get with it. I’m not so sure that Lazar Rockwood was ever really leading man material but I will give credit to people for at least going against what you could call the norm and casting him as the leading man. If you want to see something odd, however, you might want to check out Beyond the Seventh Door.
– Audio Commentary with Writer/Director BD Benedikt and Actor Lazar Rockwood, moderated by Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com)
– Beyond Beyond the 7th Door: Interviews with Writer/Director BD Benedikt, Actor Lazar Rockwood, and Canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe
– The King of Cayenne: An Appreciation of Legendary Toronto Eccentric Ben Kerr