You Won't Be Shocked By What's "At The Devil's Door" Review

A supernatural horror flick involving a possibly haunted house and some good old-fashioned demonic forces, At the Devil’s Door stars Catalina Sandino Moreno (best known for her Oscar-nominated role as a drug mule in Maria Full of Grace) as Leigh, a real estate agent who discovers that the house she is trying to sell has a questionable past. She encounters a strange girl lurking inside the house who she assumes is the owners’ runaway daughter; in fact, it is Hannah (Ashley Rickards of MTV’s Awkward), a girl who committed suicide way back in 1987.

Hannah was pregnant when she died--but as she was also a virgin, you can bet that baby, wherever it came from, was nothing approaching human. After Leigh gets ensnared by the demonic forces lurking within the house, her sister, Vera (Naya Rivera of Fox's Glee) begins to investigate the story of Hannah and what might have actually happened to her as well as her sister. What follows is surprisingly suspense-free and moves far too slowly. The trio of similarly dark and pretty lead actresses are all perfectly fine in their roles; it’s just a shame that the roles aren’t better, as none of the characters are fleshed out enough for the audience to feel invested in them. Apart from a few genuinely freaky scenes of demonic possession-slash-impregnation, the film peaks during its bizarre prologue sequence starring Hannah pre-suicide attempt, in which she is convinced by her new boyfriend to play a game with a creepy old man in order to win some cash and, naturally, ends up getting entangled in forces beyond her control. When it comes down to it, At the Devil’s Door is not only not a very scary movie, it is also not a memorable one.

BONUS FEATURES

The Blu-ray release of At the Devil’s Door contains commentary by writer-director Nicholas McCarthy, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes and the film’s trailer.

"At the Devil's Door" is on sale December 16, 2014 and is not rated. Horror. Directed by Nicholas Mccarthy. Written by Nicholas McCarthy. Starring Ashley Rickards, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera.

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Lee Jutton • Staff Writer

Lee attended NYU for Film & TV Production, but she now works mostly in PR. Her primary obsessions in life are Doctor Who, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Arsenal F.C. When not writing about things she's watched, she's running or kickboxing in preparation for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

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