The Devil’s Doorway – UK, 2018

‘Some doors should never be opened’

The Devil’s Doorway is a 2018 British found footage horror feature film directed by Aislinn Clarke (short: Childer) from a screenplay co-written with Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson. Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn and Helena Bereen.

In October 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton are sent by the Vatican to investigate a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood in a rural Irish convent, a ‘Magdalene laundry’ that serves as a religious asylum for prostitutes, the mentally disabled, and unmarried pregnant women. In hopes of capturing photographic evidence of this apparent miracle, Father Thornton films their inquiry with a portable 16mm camera.

Northern Ireland, October 1960: Father Thomas Riley (Lalor Roddy) and Father John Thornton (Ciaran Flynn) are dispatched by the Vatican to investigate reports of a miracle – a statue of the Virgin Mary apparently weeping blood – at a remote Catholic asylum for “immoral” womenthat serves as a religious asylum for prostitutes, the mentally disabled, and unmarried pregnant 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.

However, the resident Mother Superior denies knowledge of any supernatural phenomenon. In addition, her impious views toward her wards, and the nuns cruel treatment of them, shock both priests.

When the priests finally gather indisputable evidence of a potential miracle, it leads to an exhaustive search of the convent’s grounds, where they discover Kathleen O’Brien, a sixteen year-old pregnant girl exhibiting signs of demonic possession, leading the priests to question whether the omens witnessed have been the work of God or Satan

Inspired by the infamous true histories of Magdalene Laundries – in which “fallen women” were held captive by the Irish Catholic Church and aborted babies created by apparent acts of sin were secretly buried – this found footage occult shocker is a chilling encounter with unspeakable evil.

The Devil’s Doorway will be released in the USA on July 13, 2018.


” …somehow its individual elements possess such a standard of care that they meld together to create a uniquely enjoyable, entirely haunting experience. It is good! In fact, it is damn good and entirely creepy. The Catholic Church will probably hate it, which just seems like all the more reason to embrace The Devil’s Doorway.” Jeannie Blue, Cryptic Rock

The Devil’s Doorway has half of a clever concept to work with, but never quite cuts it as a subgenre standout.  The movie’s initial hint of sewing in commentary about Ireland’s troubled history with Magdalene Laundries evaporates early, replaced with a lot of the usual looking at dusty corridors in strobing darkness while creepy children’s chants echo.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“In a genre that has seen so many iterations and overused tropes, it was important to find a way to give this found footage film a unique spin on how it delivers the goods. To help with this, Clarke uses 16mm film almost exclusively which was a perfect way to capture the 1960’s era aesthetic and adds its own level of creepiness to the story’s visual pallet.” Marc Morin, Two Oh Six

Cast and characters:

  • Lalor Roddy … Father Thomas
  • Ciaran Flynn … Father John
  • Helena Bereen … Mother Superior
  • Lauren Coe … Kathleen


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Categories: 2018, British, found footage, possession, religious horror, supernatural

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