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The Devil's Doorway

The Devil's Doorway

Directed by Aislinn Clarke

In 1960, two priests are sent to investigate a miracle in an Irish home for unwed mothers only to discover that one of the residents is possessed by the devil.

An unwed mother is possessed by the devil.

Cast: Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen, Lauren Coe

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Another lack luster found footage. 2*s, makeup isn't bad.

BMoffat
1 week ago

Just watch the exorcist

Jaunty
2 weeks ago

ending was a bit anticlimactic, but over all wasnt a terrible movie. I've seen far worse dmeinuc possession films.

180cme
1 month ago

Better than most !

1948
1 month ago

A lot of the other reviews on here kind of annoyed me for just disregarding the historical context of this film--which the film itself literally describes within the first 2 seconds, so. Not really sure how you could miss it, but whatever. Anyone who knows anything about the Catholic church in Ireland already knows, by the second clip of text explaining the Magdalene Laundries-- church-run homes for "wayward women" in Ireland--what exactly this movie is going to be about. The Exorcist cemented the trope of a partnership between the young priest who still believes with all his heart vs the jaded older priest who's doubtful--in this case, the younger priest literally refers to the older priest as "a doubting Thomas." Father Thomas says "I've been doing this for 25 years, I've been all over the world, the only evil I've seen is the human kind." Mother Superior says "Do you know how many of these babies had fathers who were Fathers?" Those two lines can sum up what the entire conceit of this film is supposed to be. I prefer when the imagery of the asylum itself is used with the audio of interviews or explanations, rather than when it begins to focus heavily on the usual possession narrative tropes--we don't need to see the levitating and sudden bursts of flame to understand the palpable fear from those who are inundated with the church and its teachings, and since it's a story at its heart about the mistreatments by the chuch (and people within the church) against socially maligned, vulnerable people (especially women, girls and children), truly Kathleen didn't need to be actually possessed for it to make sense, and in a lot of ways I think there actually being something satanic in nature going on undermines the story. There is a real, factual horror behind the Magdalene Laundries, which the film itself recognizes and understands. So often, Father Riley acts as a mouthpiece for the audience, stating that this is a sick child, not a vestibule for evil, that no evil can come close to the evils perpetuated by mankind, that the laundries and the people supporting them are hell for the women inside them and disgust him. Only for the film itself to push against those arguments by showing us that actually, Kathleen is possessed and the nuns are right to fear her, that the nuns are not committing the real-world evil because they want to or have been taught to, but because of supernatural, satanic influence. The castigation of the Laundries' historic--and not so historic--atrocities is hamstringed by the film's capitulation to popular fictional possession tropes. Father Riley can try his best to insist that Kathleen should be removed from the nuns' care and placed in a hospital (which is absolutely true from a reasonable position) but his argument is defanged by the fact that we the audience are shown undeniable evidence of supernatural goings-on, which makes any reasonable reaction unreasonable, because the situation itself is unreasonable, and in fact he just seems silly for it. There really isn't an "It's all a trick" explanation for levitation or summoning flames with your bare hand. I wish they had chosen not to show that footage, instead relying on the biases of human witness, in the case of religiously traumatized women, and Father John who is desperate to witness some act of divinity, who are already understood to be unreliable, or shown only things that could be explained away, as in the case of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. There being no real attempt at an exorcism, due to Father Riley's own admittance that his faith isn't strong enough, is a subversion of the genre, and there are a few others, I simply wish the film in its entirety had chosen to go down that path, thus emphasizing its own point to the fullest. There didn't need to be devil worshiping for the horror to get across; the horror was already there, in the real history of the real women and children who were tortured under the guise of religion. These women and children actually were tortured and killed in real life, but in the name of Catholicism, not Satan. 3 skulls for the concept, acting, filmwork and the good chunk of the film that actually says what it's trying to, rather than devolving into overplayed fictional tropes originally developed by a tradcath who would never be caught dead critiquing the Church.

tierney
1 month ago