Friday, September 5, 2014

At the Devil's Door (IFC Midnight Screener) Review

The kind of disturbing movies we see as of late are gore driven. Realistic in effect and premise. We encounter the every day in the place where our fantasy world should reside. That means that we aren't getting enough play in our visual diet, and for horror fans this can make us feel jaded and can make us feel like we have no escape from the dull and the mundane. What I like about At the Devil's Door from IFC Midnight is its ability to take a very ordinary event like a realtor attempting to sell a questionable property and give it a supernatural twist that isn't so outlandish that we know we are watching a work of fantasy... at least not right off the bat.

At the Devil's Door gradually and somewhat slowly pulls you into its dark effects driven horror playing realism vs. the fantastic in a slow churn powerplay to an impressive end. While it it isn't one of my favorite pictures of the year, it certainly carries its weight and feels horrific. This is not a Jerry springer psycho thriller with lots of cerebral reveals. Simply in put, the house has a secret. We are there to discover it. We will be introduced to some creepy, Asian horror concepts throughout the way, and by the end I think you can feel disturbed slightly more than pleasantly entertained. Nothing too gory or gratuitous. Just enough of a mess to let you think about how you would have responded to cleaning it up.

You can catch At the Devil's Door in a limited theatrical run starting September 12th and is currently on VOD and other digital mediums.

Synopsis from IFC Midnight: When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister Vera into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

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