Door into Darkness

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Door into Darkness
Genre Horror, Giallo, Drama
Created by Dario Argento
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
No. of episodes 4
Production
Producer(s) Dario Argento
Running time 60 min.
Release
Original network Programma Nazionale
Picture format Color
Original release September 4 – September 25, 1973
Chronology
Related shows The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery

Door into Darkness was an Italian horror television series conceived by Dario Argento. It consisted of four one-hour episodes and played on the Italian station RAI. The episodes were never dubbed into English, but are available subtitled on a DVD box set.

Episodes[edit]

The Neighbor[edit]

The Neighbor (original title: Il vicino di casa) tells the story of couple that move into an apartment with their newborn. Unbeknownst to the couple, the neighbor upstairs has a terrible secret. This episode marked the directing debut of Argento's assistant Luigi Cozzi.

The Tram[edit]

The Tram (original title: Il tram) is a mystery centering on the discovery of a dead woman's body in the titular location and a Detective's thought process on how she got there. Argento wrote and directed this episode under the pseudonym Sirio Bernadotte.

Eyewitness[edit]

Eyewitness (original title: Testimone oculare) centers on a woman who witnesses a shooting. However, when she returns to the scene of the crime, the body is missing and the authorities do not believe her story. This episode was co-written by Argento and Luigi Cozzi. Although Roberto Pariante is credited with the direction, Argento went back and re-shot a significant portion of the episode.

The Doll[edit]

The Doll (original title: La bambola) revolves around a lunatic who was possessed by a girl's ghost. escapes from a mental asylum and begins stalking a young woman. This episode was directed by Mario Foglietti (although Cozzi did some uncredited directing on it).

DVD release[edit]

Door into Darkness was given a limited edition 3,000 DVD release in 2004 by the German-based DVD label Dragon Entertainment. The set features all four episodes in Italian with English subtitles. Extras include video introductions by Cozzi and a 16-page text booklet (in German). The 2-disc set is currently out-of-print. A Region 1 2-disc set was released by Mya in 2009 which included the documentary "Master of Horror" as an extra on the second disc.