The Devil's Doorway Reviews
July 30, 2020
This doorway opens up to find real-life horrors that may be more disturbing than killer nuns and secret lairs.
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 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.
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 10, 2018
More cerebral than your garden variety found footage picture, although it still contains plenty of moments to give you chills.
July 10, 2018
The film isn't without its effective scares, and long-time fans of the found footage genre will find something to enjoy in the film, even if the only fresh aspect of the film is its cinematography.
June 27, 2018
The ambiguity of the title is as important as the ambiguity of the ending -- and always, underscoring it, the understanding that there was nothing ambiguous about what was found beneath the ground in Tuam.