The Devil’s Doorway
Northern Ireland, 1960: Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton are dispatched by the Vatican to investigate reports of a miracle, a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood, at a remote Catholic asylum for immoral women. Armed with 16mm film cameras to record their findings, the priests instead discover a depraved horror show of sadistic nuns, satanism, and demonic possession. Supernatural forces are at work here, but they are not the doing of God.
Over the roughly 230 years that they were in operation, some 30,000 women and girls are believed to have passed through Ireland’s now infamous Magdalene laundries. They were the women society rejected: sex workers, orphans, victims of rape and child abuse, the mentally ill and those who became pregnant out of wedlock. They provided slave labor for the Church’s businesses whilst any children they gave birth to were sold for adoption – or suffered much worse fates. In the wake of the findings at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, one might think that nothing more horrific could be made of the subject – but by using these issues as the foundations of a horror film, Aislinn Clarke has created a conduit for the anger that resides in the scandal’s wake.
I could never figure out why I’ve always loved found footage movies. I know way too many people that cannot stand them, but no, I absolutely love them. I agree that some are a bit lame, but let me say, this one is actually really good, and I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about it as well. This one starts off a little on the slow side but it’s not long until it starts rocking. Quite violently I must add. Another thing, this is definitely one of those movies you have to stay on your toes with, meaning that you need to be paying attention during the entire thing because there are many things shown so quickly, and subtle things happening that you just wouldn’t see if you were not paying attention.
The movie tells us how Father Riley and Father Thornton have been sent to a home of the ‘fallen women’ to investigate a claim beholding a miracle, one that was anonymously reported concerning a statue of the Virgin Mary that cries blood. Father Thomas is pretty skeptical of everything this involves and suspects they will find nothing. It seems that he’s been at this sort of business for years and years and has never come upon anything legit, so admittingly his focus is aimed more to working out how the scam had been engineered.
Father John, on the other hand, is fresh out of seminary and highly curious about this report. His job purpose in all this is to document his colleague’s work on camera. It’s not long after they arrive that Father John becomes convinced that he is seeing things, horrible things that are not of this world. Father Thomas is shown to be growing more and more enraged by all the torment and cruelty he witnesses on how these women are being treated. Meanwhile, Father John is starting to suspect that there is some sort of supernatural evil involved.
I only had one issue with this film, and that is it’s just too damn short. Seriously who the hell does a full feature movie that’s only 75 minutes? That’s incredibly short! Even at that, it’s still a very solid film. By the way, if you want authentic horror, you truly must see “The Magdalene Sisters”, which documents a lot of the crazy shit that went on there. As a whole, the film is artfully composed, and its graininess makes it feel much more real and horrific than a lot of the more polished productions. Definitely worth watching.
Title: The Devil’s Doorway
Release Date: July 13, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Genre: Horror, Occult, Drama
Studio: Shout! Factory
Starring: Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen, Lauren Coe
MPAA Rated: NR
Directors: Aislinn Clarke
Reviewed by: Kathryn Price
Our Rating: 4.2 /5
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