Terror Just Hit Home
Starring: Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez
Director: Chris Gorak
2006 | 95 Minutes | Rated R
“Open the door, sweetie. Open the fucking door!” – Lexi
Right At Your Door sounded like something of a zombie movie without the zombies. Believe it or not my favorite part about zombie movies isn’t actually the zombies. It’s the interactions between survivors and the tough decisions that go along with being one of the last men on Earth. THAT is why I wanted to see Right At Your Door.
After Lexi (Mary McCormack) heads to work in downtown Los Angeles a dirty bomb goes off in the city. Upon hearing of the impending toxic cloud, Brad (Rory Cochrane), Lexi’s husband, seals himself into their home. He will have to deal with the consequences of that decision for the days to come.
Survival movies, when done correctly, cause the viewer to put themselves in the shoes of the characters and forcing them to ask the question… “What would I do?” So in this scenario, would you give up hope on your wife coming home safe and uncontaminated? Or would you foolishly go against all warnings for love?
The limited cast and locations can often give the feeling of a movie being made with a limited budget. Right At Your Door never reads as a cheap movie though. The acting is always believable, the limited sets make perfect sense with the story and when Brad does leave his house everything outside is in appropriate chaos. Police are blocking off streets and people are dashing to try to get to their loved ones.
The special effects used are pretty limited but are very effective. The burning city in the background, the growing cloud of toxic smoke, the ash raining down from the sky… they all add to the overall feeling of impending dread.
There’s also a bit of a twist ending that I actually didn’t see coming at all.
Right At Your Door didn’t exactly deliver what I was expecting… a zombie-less zombie movie. It did, however, deliver something very unique, thought provoking and cool – which is probably better than what I was initially envisioning.