The Devil's Doorway Reviews

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April 9, 2021
This film is so predictable and it doesn't even bother to cover its own tracks.
February 2, 2021
Two priests investigate a miracle at a Magdalene Laundry in 1960 Ireland and meet something evil in a beautifully made but ultimately messy film.
July 30, 2020
This doorway opens up to find real-life horrors that may be more disturbing than killer nuns and secret lairs.
June 10, 2020
A terrible 'found footage' film that does not go by the rules, when it should have done that in order to be at least decent. [Full review in Spanish].
April 4, 2019
In spite of its flaws, the film is startlingly successful both at frightening audiences and at honoring the experiences of women held in Magdalene laundries.
February 20, 2019
Pulsing with indignation at clerical hypocrisy, Aislinn Clarke's film won't convert any found-footage sceptics, but it is a distinct cut above the low-budget genre's usual fare thanks to its careful craft and strong performances.
December 10, 2018
Clarke's skillful direction and palpable sympathy for these women prevents The Devil's Doorway from falling down an exploitation black hole.
December 7, 2018
One could quickly fill in a bingo card of post-Exorcist tropes as Clarke's feature goes through the fright-free motions of dribbling out allegedly sinister revelations.
December 5, 2018
Smart in both form and content, this is an innovative, effective and necessary Irish horror film. It marks [director Aislinn] Clarke out as a distinctive talent to watch.
December 4, 2018
A chintzy found-footage occult/horror film lambasting the Catholic Church for its hypocrisy.
November 2, 2018
It was hard to shake the feeling that the movie plays like a collection of Horror's Greatest Hits.
October 17, 2018
The horror genre is blessed to welcome another innovative female director who is telling stories and rebelling against the traditional gaze-pushing the envelope and experimenting in true artistic fashion.
September 10, 2018
A debut that shows great promise, The Devil's Doorway is a fine example of found footage done right.
August 27, 2018
There is an earnestness in the battle between faith and cynicism in this film.
August 26, 2018
There will, as the title implies, be devilry at the door, but Clarke's film is less concerned with demonising its (dis)possessed women than with exposing the Church's own hypocrisy and vicious practices.
August 23, 2018
The found-footage approach is often criticized, but I love it when it's used well and reasonably. In The Devil's Doorway, the conceit is effective and smart.
July 19, 2018
Aislinn Clarke's confident and sinister debut...[is] more concerned with her three principal characters and their twisting moral ambiguities than it is in unleashing a bunch of nonsensical cheap scares.
July 16, 2018
Clarke's debut announces a gifted, innovative talent with a solid eye and sense for what scares the s--- out of us when the lights cut out.
July 12, 2018
Two strong leads, the doubting priest Lalor Roddy and the Nurse Ratchet-like Mother Superior played with gusto by Helena Bereen, help distinguish this Exorcist update and mark Clarke as a talent to watch.
July 12, 2018
Despite its brief running time, the movie feels dragged out; like the priests, it will eventually lose its way.
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