I thought this was more of a thriller than a classic horror, like a mix of films like “Don’t Breathe” about a blind man whose house was broken into by burglars to his great dismay, and the recent “The Black Phone” about the kidnapping of children and the kids who then try to get out of the hopeless situations. It was “The Boy Behind the Door” and the feature film debut for the directorial duo of David Charbonier and Justin Powell, and the story immediately starts shockingly. Two best friends, 12-year-olds Kevin and Bobby were kidnapped in broad daylight. They wake up in the trunk of the car and as the kidnapper takes Kevin into the house, Bobby manages to break free and escape.
But when he hears the cries of his best friend, he decides to try to help him and free him, sneaks into the house and realizes that Kevin is chained in the basement. And although practically the entire film takes place in the house and garden with minimal dialogue, it seems extremely tense and exciting as we follow Bobby’s attempts as he tries to hide from the kidnapper around the house and then free his friend. Both kids are good, and the well-authored duo also uses that dark, creaky interior of that big, typical American provincial house for eight, which seems to have been made so that similar kidnappers could live in it.
An additional plus is that it is not one of those lousy horror movies in which characters who find themselves in a similar situation as these two kids do some idiotic moves as if they are intentionally trying to put themselves in danger. The first task for Bobby is to hide well, lie low and wait for the right moment when the kidnappers lose their attention, and only then start trying to free his friend. Of course, this feat will turn out to be much more difficult than what the boy assumed, and although after a while it becomes a bit generic and we have those standard horror situations where a policeman arrives at a crime scene unsuspecting, he was “The Boy Behind the Door” solid combination of thriller and horror.