‘The Fourth Door’ Pilot Prods You Into Excellent Nightmares

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

You’ve got to love BlackBoxTV and their ability to pick up where Rod Serling left off. The Fourth Door, their entry into New Form Digital’s shorts program frigging dazzles with its set, ambiance and use of portals to tell a series of storylines.

Using the acting of Joey Graceffa (who manages to be all over this New Form Digital incubator lab) as Aaron, as well as the characters of Jamie and Kiera, we are accompanying three modern day revelers heading to a Halloween party. Instead they get locked up in a creepy house and nothing is ever the same for any of them.

Directed by the consummate BlackBoxTV maestro Tony Valenzuela, The Fourth Door is a deceptive rabbit hole of ominous choose-your-own-adventure narrative, perfect for Halloween. Of course the eternal creepshow that is BlackBoxTV’s menagerie of eerie delights is perfect regardless of the season. But now especially, we welcome The Fourth Door as it … allows us to pick one of our three main characters and learn the truth of their new reality as they do. Initially, I thought “Hey, this vid’s less than three minutes … this will be quick!” and then I found myself dragged down into video after video of a depressing jazz-era limbo. I chose Jamie’s adventure — she’s the tagalong, the odd man out, easily the most compelling of the initial stories. I won’t ruin anything, but suffice to say, I don’t think this ends well for any of the characters. Hopefully this series gets extended and we’re able to find out.

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And might I add — of Mitchell Davis’ cameos, this one is by far my favorite!

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