Tuesday, January 6, 2015

At the Devil's Door (2014)

Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera, and Ashley Rickards

Homicidal Maniac: The Devil, I guess.

Run time: 1:33:00

Quick Synopsis: A real estate agent and her sister find themselves in danger after she inspects a house with a evil past. 

It is never good when the most interesting characters in a film appear within the first 15 minutes and never show up again.  Unfortunately, that is what happens during At the Devil's Door.  Once the movie shifts to the films actual plot it really lost a lot of its luster.  I do not think writer/director Nicholas McCarthy knew exactly where he was going with the story.  It felt as though he had a couple ideas for similar films and just decided to combine them into one.  Part of this feeling was most likely brought on by the weird shift in the main character of the film.  Similar to the concept of the film, I like the idea of
almost tricking the audience into thinking they knew who the main character of the show was only to switch in up.  However, in both cases the actual product did not deliver to the concept's potential.  Overall, the sum of the films parts was much greater than value of the movie as a whole.  The acting was solid and visually the film looked nice, but the flaws in the story and the anticlimactic ending hold the film back.  There were just too many times that I felt nothing was happening and the films end product just doesn't give the payoff to counteract these lulls.  At the Devil's Door is a solid concept, but poorly conceived awful horror movie. 

Fun Fact: I couldn't find anything special.  This is writer/director Nicholas McCarthy's second feature length film.  The first was also a horror film, titled The Pact (2012).

Hidden Gem:  The cross in Uncle Mike's trailer is the same one that is in The Pact (2012).

Total Kill Count:
Hannah- Ashley Rickards (46:00) Hangs Herself Gore Rating: 0
Leah- Catalina Sandino Moreno (49:00) Confirmed Dead Gore Rating: 0

             Horror Film: 4
             Entertainment: 3
             Suspense: 4
             Overall: 3.75