You may feel like you’ve had your fill of possession films, coupled with the disappointing The Nun but Aislinn Clarke’s The Devil’s Doorway will certainly get you back on-side.
Taking a different take on the age of tale, we follow a pair of priests sent to an Irish home after a statue is reported to have shed tears of blood.
Father John decides to document the episode on a camcorder, which makes this a retro semi filmed footage/slash possession film.
Things take a turn when the Fathers discover a young girl in the convent who is allegedly possessed. I know this feels like were going over familiar ground but without giving anything away, The Devil’s Doorway helps to freshen it up with some twisted scenes.
It’s short and sweet at just over 75 minutes, but Clarke builds the tension well and the story weaves along nicely until things really ramp up for the twisted finale.
Luckily it doesn’t rely too much on jump scares, there are glimpses of german expressionist cinema with slow shots on the camcorder, flickering in the darkness. It will genuinely give you chills.
With its small cast and single location, The Devil’s Doorway works extremely well and shows you don’t need big budgets for big scares.