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Shudder to open “THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR,” from “THE DJINN” filmmakers

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The kidnapping chiller will have its streaming premiere this summer.

Shudder has announced its acquisition of THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR for release on its platforms in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, July 29. The first film by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, whose follow-up feature THE DJINN hits select theaters and VOD/digital May 14 (see review here), BOY stars Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey (who encoures in DJINN), Kristin Bauer van Straten (TRUE BLOOD), Scott Michael Foster and Micah Hauptman. The synopsis: “In THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, a night of unimaginable terror awaits 12-year-old Bobby [Chavis] and his best friend, Kevin [Dewey], when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive…or die trying.”

“From its first frame, THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR ratchets up the tension in a way that seems to never let up,” says Shudder’s Craig Engler. “Justin and David have tapped into what true evil lurking around in our world today looks like, and I can think of no better place for audiences to experience this unrelenting thrill ride than Shudder.”

“We are excited to partner with Shudder, the leading voice in the horror space, for the release of THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR,” say Charbonier and Powell. “It’s not every day we get to see stories centered on such strong, diverse leads, which Lonnie and Ezra masterfully craft with honest and authentic performances. We hope audiences worldwide will have as much fun watching the film as we did making it.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.