The Pale Door / Aaron B. Koontz

  • Country and year: USA 2020
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 96 min.
  • Director: Aaron B. Koontz
  • Writer: Cameron Burns, Aaron B. Koontz, Keith Lansdale
  • Producer(s): Cameron Burns, Roman Dent, Aaron B. Koontz, Ashleigh Snead, James Norrie, Matt Thomas
  • Cinematographer: Andrew Scott Baird
  • Music: Alex Cuervo
  • Cast: Melora Walters, Zachary Knighton, Stan Shaw, Noah Segan, Bill Sage, Pat Healy, Natasha Bassett, Devin Druid
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: DCP

“The eagerly anticipated follow-up to [Aaron B.] Koontz and [Cameron] Burns’ horror anthology Scare Package, executive produced by Joe R. Lansdale and directed by Koontz, The Pale Door follows The Dalton Gang who seek shelter in what they think is a ghost town after a robbery doesn’t quite go as planned. What they find is a fate worse than death. —

The film is somewhat reminiscent of From Dusk Till Dawn, minus vampires, which means there is no shortage of blood and gore. Director Aaron B. Koontz is a master of practical effects, so it’s not surprising the witches as well as the blood-splattered fight sequences in The Pale Door are impressive and horrific. —

Boasting striking makeup effects, impressive gore and practical effects, as well as showcasing an amazingly talented cast, The Pale Door is a wildly entertaining, bloody good time.” – Michelle Swope / Dread Central


“There’s something totally refreshing about a film that mashes up genres without attempting to comment or deconstruct either one. Koontz’s film is an honest, sincere, and affectionate tribute to both genres, further proof that the world could use more horror westerns – especially when they’re as good as this.”
– Patrick Bromley / Daily Dead

“It’s From Dusk Till Dawn just without Danny Trejo and witches instead of vampires. — When violent effects spill guts and the brothel backdrop becomes a bloodbath, visual storytelling intensifies with strength in horror picturization.”
– Matt Donato / Flickering Myth

“Benefits from the comforting presence of some veteran character actors including Stan Shaw (The Monster Squad), Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) and Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), who lend B-movie gravitas to the proceedings.”
– Frank Scheck / The Hollywood Reporter

”Aaron B. Koontz combines Salem witches with the Old West for this gory hybrid. Should satisfy horror fans over those who fancy a good ole western.”
– Joe Friar / The Victoria Advocate

”An outright thrilling and chilling blend of the horror and western genres with a still solid ensemble cast, a gleeful display of gore and magnificent direction from Koontz”
– Grant Hermanns /

Samasta sarjasta