Bobby finds keys in the Creep's coat pocket but none of them unlocks the door behind which Kevin is trapped. His plan to use the Creep's car to get help doesn't work. While searching for another key, he discovers a trunk full of bloody boys' clothes and a rotary phone. He is able to call the police but the kidnapper returns and Bobby has to hang up before the police can track his location.
While the kidnapper checks on Kevin and showers, Bobby gets rid of the Creep's body and cleans up the blood in the kitchen. He discovers a safe containing cash, another key, and nude photos of other boys. He tries the new key but it doesn't work. He then tries picking the lock with a knife, slicing his hand and leaving a smear of blood on the door. The kidnapper notices the blood and realizes that Bobby is in the house. Bobby hides and traps himself in the bathroom and the kidnapper chops their way through with an axe, but Bobby is able to slice their hand with a nail file.
The police arrive and the kidnapper, revealed to be a woman, answers the door. She claims to be alone but the officer asks for her ID. After the woman doesn't return, the officer goes inside and discovers Bobby. He is then struck in the chest with an axe and Bobby hides. The kidnapper takes the officer's gun. She discovers the Creep's body, then follows Bobby down to the basement and explains that she expected him to suffocate in the trunk.
She offers to trade Kevin for Bobby to her buyer, at which point Bobby attacks her, handcuffing her to a pipe and stealing her keys. He is shot in the leg, but is able to slowly make it upstairs. Finally able to unlock the door, he frees Kevin (using the key he found in the safe with the pictures) and the boys make their way back downstairs, but Kevin is halted by a shock collar. Bobby runs back to the basement for pruning shears, but the kidnapper grabs his leg and sticks her finger in his bullet hole. Bobby frees himself by cutting her finger off, but he is too weak to make it back upstairs.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an estimated 460,000 children go missing every year in the United States. Kids can disappear in the blink of an eye and are sometimes never found. It's a terrifying and heartbreaking concept that writer/director team David Charbonier and Justin Powell tackle with sharp and savage precision. The duo delivers a harrowing look at child abduction and everlasting friendship in The Boy Behind The Door. Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey) are \"friends to the end.\" The film opens with the two young boys warming up for their baseball game alone in a park. Within five minutes of screen time, Bobby is duct-taped and tied-up in the trunk of a car by himself while Kevin is nowhere to be found. Charbonier and Powell get straight to the action and straight to the point. The boys' lives have changed forever within the blink of an eye, before they knew what (or who) even hit them. Bobby is able to maneuver the restraints loose and attempts to run away, but stops in his tracks once he hears Kevin's screams coming from the house behind him. With no other help in sight, he decides to go back and try to help his best friend. The majority of the film's setting takes place within a large house complete with labyrinthine halls, buried secrets, and sinister motives. The use of a single location makes the film that much more claustrophobic and stress-inducing. Bobby navigates the house as carefully as possible but makes mistakes typical of any young boy of his age in a life-threatening situation. There are several surprises throughout the film, but they play out naturally within the plot. The timing in which certain encounters occur is not typical with films of this nature, which continuously leaves the audience guessing as to what will happen next. The reasons behind the kidnapping slowly unravel and only strengthens their desperation to get out of the dire situation they're in. The Boy Behind The Door is one of those horror films that has a plot which is entirely possible. This kind of kidnapping and assault happens to thousands of children. Its horror is rooted in reality, which Charbonier and Powell are not afraid to really drive home. Kevin and Bobby are put through hell in every physical and emotional sense. There are heartbreaking moments of defeat, moments of shocking realization, confusion, and pure unfiltered gore in their desperation to get out alive. The violence and special effects in the film are top-notch and speaks to both of the boys' resiliency. They try to utilize whatever resources available to free themselves, whether that be searching for a kitchen knife, breaking fingernails off to break into an air duct, or learn how to use a rotary phone despite only seeing them in movies. Viciousness aside, what makes the film that much more captivating is the powerful bond between these two friends. Chavis and Dewey are absolutely fantastic in their roles, and their platonic chemistry is palpable. Each actor delivers a soul-shattering performance with a maturity and talent well beyond their years. The film's limited dialogue enhances their emotional performances while not reducing the plot's potency. The camera work is also effortlessly effective in arousing terror and frantic decision making. As much authenticity this film brings to the table, there are several allusions to Kubrick's The Shining as well as scenes reminiscent of The People Under the Stairs, which are entertaining, but somewhat overdone at times. However, it does capture the same sense of terror through the lens of a child. These experiences are that much more heartbreaking to watch as the boys fight for their lives when they aren't even old enough to know how to drive a car, let alone be cognitively developed enough to handle the fight-or-flight response of cortisol rushing through their veins. Charbonier and Powell are two creatives that clearly command attention and have a knack for relentlessly inducing dread, tension and a whole lot of heart within a world of peril. Keep them on your radar along with these young actors. The Boy Behind the Door is a frightening and riveting experience that will hold audiences captive until the very end./Film Rating: 9 out of 10
Bobby closes his eyes and sees peaceful waves crashing. The boys then toss a baseball around in preparation for a game, while wind whips through the quaint open field. Suddenly, Kevin's missing. Bobby searches and finds the baseball, but there's no sign of Kevin. As he picks up the ball a pair of arms grab Bobby from behind and smash his face into a tree branch before throwing him in the trunk of a car.
The calm waves Bobby previously envisioned now crash violently, as he fights to break out of the trunk. He successfully does, finding himself in a barn garage. Kevin's screams ring out from the large old house further up the driveway. Being a good pal, Bobby sneaks into the home. The mysterious abductor sits watching a busted tv, and there's a knock at the door. A creepy mustached man (Micah Hauptman) hands the abductor a wad of cash, implying this situation is more than a mere kidnapping. After the abductor leaves, the creep with the mustache discovers Bobby wandering the home and a cat-and-mouse game begins. From there the film transitions into nail-biting scene after nail-biting scene, through which Bobby battles the pair of pedophiles in an effort to rescue Kevin, who's shackled and shock-collared in an upstairs room.
Things here don't work the way they do in most action movies. People get tired. Wounds keep hurting. Sometimes Bobby takes on tasks that prove too much for him. In one scene, he needs Kevin's help to figure out how to use a rotary dial telephone, as he's never seen one before. The young actors' naturalistic work draws the viewer into their plight and makes this compelling viewing. Long stretches have little to no dialogue but plenty to keep your eyes fixed on the screen. It's a simple concept, well executed, and it signals the arrival of some impressive new talent both in front of and behind the camera.
Ms. Burton comes back after a while and goes to check on Kevin. After watching some more TV, she goes to her room, puts her money in her safe (which also contains photos of some boy naked) and goes to wash herself afterwards. She chains Kevin, after taking a key from a coat in her wardrobe. She then wants to go to the bathroom but Bobby, who is hidden in it, has locked the door. After manually trying to clear out, the kidnapper makes her way with an ax and manages to make a hole in the door. She tries to unlock the door on the other side but Bobby slices her hand with a nail. She sees Bobby, but at the same moment, the police, warned by Bobby earlier with a phone he has found in a safe. She welcomes the agent. She answers to the cop' questions, claiming to have no kids and single but the agent asks her for her ID after having seen a cut on her hand. After Burton does not come back to show it, the officer decides to enter inside and finds Bobby. Burton appears suddenly and brutally kills the agent with an axe. Believing that the young boy is hiding in the bathroom, she asks the child to open the bathroom's door for her, in exchange for which she will not harm him. Without an answer, she demolishes the door with her axe, but there is no one in the room. The kidnapper discovers the nameless man's body, then searches for Bobby and explains that she expected him to die of asphyxia in the trunk.
She offers to exchange Kevin for Bobby to her friends because they prefer a boy who puts a fight back, in which case Bobby attacks her, handcuffing him to a pole and stealing back her keys. He is shot in the leg, but manages to make it upstairs. Finally able to unlock the door, he frees Kevin and the boys come back downstairs, but Kevin is stopped by a shock collar put on by Ms. Burton to prevent him to escape. Bobby returns to the basement to look for some hedge trimmers, but the kidnapper grabs his leg and sticks her finger in the bullet hole. Bobby cuts her finger with pliers. 59ce067264