The Attic Door
A young brother and sister are abandoned in the vast and lonely landscape of the 19th century American West. Each day, they struggle to keep up the family farm, anxiously waiting for their parents to return. With nowhere to escape, the two siblings are about to discover that they are not entirely alone. As much as they try to deny the truth, something behind the attic door has awakened and they must now face their greatest fear. THE ATTIC DOOR is the story of love, loss, loneliness, and the truth behind childhood fears.
Director Danny Daneau is very good at setting moods and using creaky doors and creepy scenes to visually entertain an audience. In this story, young twelve-year-old Caroline and her younger brother Darrell, age nine, wait for their parents to return home to their farm house in the 1800s. They cook and eat dinner and talk about the new baby Mom was expecting and if it will be a boy or a girl. Yet the viewer soon picks up on the fact that Mom and Dad are overdue and where they are or what has happened to them becomes one of the big questions of this film.
In the meantime, strange things occur such as a chair moving by itself and a creaky door opening by itself. Even a creepy voice is heard. The real question becomes this: is it really happening or in the children’s minds? There is nothing in the film which crosses our Dove guidelines in approving this film for family viewing, but it is recommended for ages twelve plus with a warning that viewers interested in creepy and Gothic-type stories may be interested in it, but it is not a film which the entire family would necessarily enjoy. Still, the two kids who play the leads, actress Madison Davenport and actor Jake Johnson, are very good actors and do a nice job in their respective roles.