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A Nightmare Of Homicidal Hallucinations And Demonic Possession

When a family moves into a home with a shocking secret, their lives become a nightmare of homicidal hallucinations as their young son begins to communicate with the spirits of the dead. Remodeled in madness and painted in blood, they soon discover that domestic bliss can be murder... when home is where the horror is.

Released in America under the title BEYOND THE DOOR II, SHOCK is the final feature film directed by legendary horror maestro Mario Bava (BLACK SUNDAY, TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE). Daria Nicolodi (DEEP RED, PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (TENEBRE) star in this Euro Horror favorite, now restored from the original negative materials for the first time ever.

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"A Truly Nail Biting Experience!" -- HorrorDVDs.com

"One Of The Best Italian Horror Films Of The 1970s!" -- DVD Maniacs

Special Features

  • Interview with Co-Writer/Assistant Director Lamberto Bava
  • Italian Trailer
  • U.S. BEYOND THE DOOR II TV Spots
  • Talent Bios

Product Details

  • Actors: Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner, David Colin Jr., Ivan Rassimov, Lamberto Bava
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Writers: Lamberto Bava, Dardano Sacchetti, Francesco Barbieri, Paolo Brigenti
  • Producers: Turi Vasile, Ugo Valenti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KN9F6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shock" on IMDb

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Bava, however handles the material quite deftly.
A. Griffiths
My biggest argument with "Shock" would simply be that not enough happens, until the end of the movie.
HorrorMan
Creepy atmosphere, great soundtrack, interesting story.
Don Cheeto

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By frankenberry on May 27, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"SHOCK" was Italian director Mario Bava's last film. Retitled as "Beyond the Door II" for it's original US release, Anchor Bay's new DVD features a widescreen print of the film under it's original title. (Actually, the sharp noise the film makes when the title hits the screen made me jump in "shock"!) It's a fun little possession movie and features several very creepy moments...the standout being the shot where the possessed little boy runs up to his Mom (Daria Nicolodi) and suddenly turns into the ghost of her dead husband...all done without effects or cgi. All in all, the film doesn't really break any new ground, but it's a worthy last film from the original italian horror maestro. The print shows some grain and some visual noise (mostly in the dark scenes)...it's not bad, but it is not up to par with earlier AB titles. Extras include a short but interesting interview with Lamberto Bava, the international trailer, and a couple of US tv spots (one as a double-bill with "The Dark"!), plus the usual talent bios. A pretty basic package, but definitely a Must for Bava fans.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don Cheeto on March 26, 2007
Format: DVD
Creepy atmosphere, great soundtrack, interesting story. A family moves back to a house with old memories. Strange things begin to happen as the woman's son begins to behave strangely. I don't want to go deeper into the story because it will ruin the movie. It is definetely worth watching, especially if you are a fan of Italian Cinema. I would recommend, worthy addition to your horror collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Griffiths on April 3, 2007
Format: DVD
This film came late in Mario Bava's career (actually his last film, I think?) and suffers slightly from the move into modern territory, leaving it resembling too many other films around it at the time. But generally it's a pretty solid thriller with some very good moments. Daria Nicolodi plays Dora, a woman recovering from a breakdown. She has a young son and a new partner, and together they move into the house that Dora used to live in when her first husband was still alive...not a good start eh? As you might expect things don't go well for the trio...Dora has nightmares and hallucinations, her son acts strangely, and her new husband Bruno always seems to be away working when she needs him most.

What we have here is quite a typical "is she going mad or is it all real?" scenario, which has been handled many times before. Bava, however handles the material quite deftly. He picks out lots of small oddities such as the bizarre ceramic hand sculpture that Dora pores over, some booby-trapped piano keys (ouch!), the weirdness of the young son playing around, and when seen from Dora's viewpoint, you can quite easily believe that she's being haunted by something very unnatural...or is she?

Well I'm not telling, and hopefully you can watch this film without being aware of the plot explanation, because it deserves to be experienced fresh. Bava directs the action with some skill, and the acting is pretty good, with Daria Nicolodi making a convincing traumatized victim. Sadly the English language dubbing weakens the impact of many scenes, but the visuals are good and Dora's dream sequences are all quite creepy. Plus the film boasts one really, REALLY good jump-scare, which I'm sure you will remember, as it's a very clever one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on August 26, 2006
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The only other Bava films I've seen are Bay of Blood and Black Sabbath, but Shock is my favorite. It seems to usually get lukewarm reviews from critics and horror movie fans for some reason. I remember seeing it on TV under the title Beyond The Door 2 and it freaked me out when I was younger. Some of the dialog is laughable, but maybe that's due to the dubbing and translation. It might sound much better in the original Italian. There's not a whole lot of gore, but enough surprises and weird imagery to keep one interested.

The dvd by anchor bay is very nice. It's great to see this movie in widescreen. (Italian horror films used to get such horrible pan and scan treatment on vhs back in the day.) It was also very cool to see the original Italian trailer and American TV spots. If you like this movie, you should get it as soon as possible because it's out of print and the price is only going to go up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2001
Format: DVD
This was the last film the venerable Mario Bava directed and is definitely worthy of being published on DVD. Having seen both the VHS version more than once, the picture quality of this DVD is as good as you're going to get on a film that was originally shot in 1977. Unfortunately, the filmographies are not as extensive as they could be. But, it's the actual feature film that's important here, and this DVD only adds to the unique elements that make this another of Bava's great productions. The acting is superb and the individual film arts (editing, lighting, sound, music, make-up, etc.) are masterfully executed to creep you out and make you suspect your own loved ones.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on February 26, 2001
Format: DVD
Last film of the italian king of B-movies - Mario Bava - , SHOCK is now presented by Anchor Bay in an above-average DVD version. Trailers, italian, english and french dubbed versions and incomplete filmographies are offered as bonus features as well as a short interview with Lamberto Bava, the son of the late Maestro.
I didn't see SHOCK when it was theatrically released nor in the VHS-NTSC standards so I cannot make comparisons regarding the quality of images. In my opinion, the copy is superb without a single white or black spot and I had a tremendous pleasure to watch for the first time this movie which belongs to the psycho-horror thriller genre.
Due to production restrictions, at least I presume so, most of the action takes place in a cozy italian mansion near the sea. A couple played by John Steiner and Daria Nicolodi - Dario Argento's compaign - has just moved in with Daria Nicolodi's child. The father of the child has died seven years ago and, since then, Daria has spent a lot of time recovering from a severe depression.
As in BAY OF BLOOD, the child has an important role in the movie. One of the characteristics of Mario Bava's cinema is to always leave to the audience the possibility to find a rational explanation for the most bizarre events. In SHOCK, one could perfectly imagine that the story is told from the sole point of view of Daria Nicolodi who is lead to psychosis by her guiltiness.
Anyway, SHOCK is an example of a smart B-movie with good scary effects done without the help of computers. Mario Bava was a real movie lover perpetuating the example of Georges Méliès, the french movie director who invented some of the first special effects of Movie History. In 1905.
A shockingly good DVD.
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