Jeremy Sisto can tell you “The Other Side of the Door” isn’t just about scares. “I was kind of expecting a normal horror thing — that we would be running from evil people,” the actor tells us. “This one’s a little more complicated.”
In fact, it sounds like a drama. Sisto plays an American in Mumbai whose young son accidentally drowns in a car accident. His wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, of “The Walking Dead”) was the one driving and couldn’t save him. Overwrought with grief, she discovers she can say goodbye to him via an old Indian ritual. In the process, she accidentally unleashes his spirit into the world, along with others, wreaking havoc.
More than most horrors, it’s about something real, namely grief and the sometimes dangerous limits of parental love. (Its premise is even reminiscent of 1971’s “Deathdream,” in which a mother won’t let her husband destroy their son, who’s come back from the dead a ravenous zombie.)
“That’s the great thing about horror: You can combine it with other genres. You can deal with any theme you want to,” Sisto says. “And then you have this tool to make sure the audience is gripped to their seat and engaged.”