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Latest At the Devil’s Door Clip Home to Lofty Scares

15 September 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A second clip from At the Devil’s Door (review) has arrived. The flick is available now in limited release. Don’t wanna leave your house? You can also order the movie on VOD right now! Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) directs, and… Continue Reading →

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At the Devil’s Door Movie Review

15 September 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: At the Devil’s Door Director: Nicholas McCarthy Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres Less is sometimes more, and then sometimes less is merely less — atmospherics in the service of an elliptical story of posed dread, whose twisted, wire frame can’t hold the weight of a viewer’s long-form interest. Such is unfortunately the case with writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s sophomore effort, “At the Devil’s Door,” an in many ways admirably restrained supernatural horror film about a variety of women grappling quite literally with demons. The film opens with a young girl (Ashley Rickards) becoming quite troubled after playing an unsettling magic game with the  [ Read More ]

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Review: The Pact 2 is Timid in Comparison to Its Predecessor

15 September 2014 6:19 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

When The Pact dropped two years ago, it quietly snuck onto the scene and surprised everyone with how smartly written and genuinely creepy it was. It seems that with losing its connection with writer-director Nicholas McCarthy (who has gone on to direct this year's At the Devil's Door), The Pact 2 pulls some punches and just can’t get the scares that the first one delivered.

The sequel, written and directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath (the duo who directed Entrance), tells the story of June and her boyfriend Daniel. Both are involved with law enforcement, Daniel is a beat cop who works nights and June cleans up crime scenes.

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The terrifying true story behind new horror film 'At the Devil's Door'

12 September 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In the new horror film At the Devil’s Door, a young woman played by Awkward star Ashley Rickards makes a deal with the Devil, and it has terrifying consequences for pretty much every character in the movie, including a pair of sisters played by Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) and Naya Rivera (Glee).

Writer-director Nicholas McCarthy reveals he got the inspiration for At the Devil’s Door during a bizarre cab ride at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where his previous terror tale, The Pact, was screening.

“When I was at Sundance, a cab picked me up to »

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Review: At The Devil's Door, Quiet Horror With A Touch Of The Creepy Crazy

11 September 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A teenage girl in love with a teenage boy plays a cryptic game. A twenty-something woman goes about her rounds as a real estate agent in a depressed market, then visits her younger sister, a depressed artist. These three women play key roles in At the Devil's Door, a quiet horror film with a welcome touch of the creepy crazies. Writer/director Nicholas McCarthy, who made his directorial debut with The Pact, is still not interested in holding hands with the audience, as far as creating signposts to make it easy to follow the narrative initially. Whereas his earliest effort held little tension or suspense for me when I saw it in 2012, however, he paints with a larger palette in At the Devil's Door, with...

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Review: At the Devil’s Door

10 September 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Reserved tension and an unexpected narrative help director Nicholas McCarthy’s sophomoric feature, At The Devil’s Door, remain engrossing until the final moments. McCarthy’s first film, the creepy and equally subtle The Pact, was a notable independent horror film that put a twist on the traditional haunted house story. McCarthy again takes a recognizable story and spins it into a contemporary piece using several genre characteristics and a continuously shifting plot, making At The Devil’s Door strange and confusing, but still effective.

Leigh (Catalina Sandino Moreno) is a real estate agent tasked with selling a house with a suspicious past under mysterious circumstances. Vera (Naya Rivera), trying to build a better relationship with her sister Leigh, becomes involved in the dealings with the house. What the sisters don’t realize is the powerful supernatural presence within the house, an entity that wants to unite with humanity.

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At the Devil’s Door | Review

10 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Devil in Disguise: McCarthy’s Latest an Unnerving Indie Horror Film

Every now and then, a horror film comes along that’s reminiscent of a certain heyday in the genre, when understated supernatural elements were used to unnerving effect and not overwhelmed by comedic flourishes or found footage gimmickry. With his sophomore film, At the Devil’s Door (initially titled Home at its premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival), Nicholas McCarthy manages to create an unsettling environment that’s most startling for a certain level of unpredictability. While some uneven plotting and awkward moments in character development mar the process, this is an illustrative example of how capably creepy independent American horror films still have the potential to be.

A teenage girl (Ashley Rickards) is convinced by her new boyfriend to sell her soul, which she seems to do willingly, not quite sure her visit to a remote trailer where »

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New York City: See “At The Devil’S Door” w/ Director Free this Friday

8 September 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

This Friday sees the theatrical release of Nicholas McCarthy’s At The Devil’S Door, an eerie, ambitious and offbeat Satanic creeper. In celebration, McCarthy, who helmed indie hit The Pact, will be in attendance at New York City’s IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas) for the film’s 11:15 p.m. screening, taking questions and getting you in the […] »

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Spend 6 Minutes at The Devil's Door

5 September 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The opening six minutes of At the Devil's Door (review) have arrived online in anticipation of its September 12th theatrical release courtesy of IFC Midnight. Impatient? You can also order the movie on VOD right now!

Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) directs, and Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, and Ava Acres star.

Synopsis

It's looking for a home…

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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The Pact 2 - Poster Premiere; Making-Of Video

4 September 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The release of the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, cleverly titled The Pact 2, is heading toward us like an evil spirit looking for a host, and right now we have the official one-sheet along with a look behind the scenes of production! Dig it!

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).

IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.

Synopsis

Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

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Film4 FrightFest 2014 Review – Home (aka At the Devil’s Door) (2014)

27 August 2014 3:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Home (aka At the Devil’s Door), 2014

Written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy

Starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickards, Ava Acres

Synopsis:

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.

Released elsewhere as At the Devil’s Door, Home is a movie that suffers from far too many errors at script level. In fact if it wasn’t so well acted and directed with several flourishes of brilliance, Home would be a bona fide dud.

The first of its issues lays in its story telling of main characters. »

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IFC Shines a Light on this Second Still from The Pact 2

21 August 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

IFC Midnight’s upcoming thriller The Pact 2 will be released on VOD on September 5th and in theatres October 10th, and to further whet your appetites, they've released an expanded synopsis plus a second still from the film.

The stunning sequel to Nicholas McCarthy’s recent horror classic The Pact ups the ante on terror when a series of brutal murders lead authorities to believe the Judas killer is back and Annie (Caity Lotz; The Pact, "Arrow," "Mad Men") returns home for the final showdown.

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film also stars Camilla Luddington ("Grey's Anatomy"), Scott Michael Foster ("Halt and Catch Fire," "Greek"), journeyman Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, "Mad Men," "Californication"), and Haley Hudson (The Pact).

Synopsis

Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles »

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Preview: Schedule of the Biggest Film Festivals This Fall

20 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aug. 21-Sept. 1

Montreal World Festival

Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.

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Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »

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Kenny’s Five Best and Worst Films of Fantasia 2014

13 August 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Covering Fantasia for the first time was a hectic, enjoyable experience.  They give you a badge with your name on it and everything.  However, as for this year’s lineup, I have a little trouble being enthusiastic.  With some major exceptions like Guardians of Galaxy, not listed here only because it’s appearance at the Festival seemed more coincidental than prestigious, a lot of the hyped up releases played weakly.  Also, I’ve been no stranger to openly criticizing Fantasia audiences as a whole, more than willing to behave as sheep (or, in this case, cats) and applaud even the weakest of films due to a genre-note or laugh –however unintentional.  So I found respite in some of the quieter films, and maybe a few major ones. No matter; Here are five things that truly deserve to gain wider audiences.

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- Kenny Hedges

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The Bloodcast 86: Guest Nicholas McCarthy & Men in Horror

13 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The Bloodcast returns this week with Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe welcoming a very special guest: The Pact and At The Devil's Door writer-director Nicholas McCarthy.

Ryan, Clarke and Nicholas are discussing men in horror. What male protagonists resonate in the horror genre? What movies with male leads stand the test of time? Further, what role do they fill within the subtextual layers of horror?

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- Ryan Turek

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At the Devil's Door Director Almost Remade French Film Livide

11 August 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Though Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's 2011 film Livide (review) hasn't yet been released here in the States, an American remake is nevertheless in some form of development.

Over the weekend The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy made the surprising revelation that he was recently attached to direct. In an interview with Complex about his latest film, At the Devil's Door, now available through VOD outlets, the filmmaker opened up about his planned third feature, expressing that he's a big time fan of Livide and was very excited about the possibility of being at the helm for the remake.

"It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature," revealed McCarthy. "That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything."

"I’m learning that all of those cliches are true. The »

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Spot the Killer in this Official Trailer for The Pact II

11 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

It has been a couple years since Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact was released. This horrifying title received rave reviews, including a positive review on 28Dla (The Pact Review). Now, IFC Films will release a sequel through Video-on-demand in September. Director McCarthy has stepped down from the director's chair, with Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath replacing him. Horror fans can preview the film here, with an official trailer hosted below. The Judas Killer returns in this updated film. People begin to disappear and someone is living beneath the floorboards. Home invasions abound and this killer cannot be stopped! From the clip, it appears the Judas Killer likes women - full of holes. The killer appears in the background as two women team up to turn the tables on this sadist. Can they outwit this demented murderer? Fans of indie horror can see what IFC Films has in store for them September 5th, »

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Nicholas McCarthy Was Once Going to Direct the Livid Remake

8 August 2014 6:48 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Julian Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's Livid still sits on the shelf somewhere at The Weinstein Company, and one theory I had behind that is Bob and Harvey Weinstein were waiting to see what to do with the remake. But the American redo appears to have some difficulty getting off of the ground.

Director Nicholas McCarthy recounted his time on the remake for Complex. Yes, the man behind The Pact and the upcoming At the Devil's Door was attached to helm the project.

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- Ryan Turek

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Trailer: More Contained Terror Awaits You in The Pact 2

7 August 2014 5:13 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Caity Lotz appears to have a significant role in The Pact II based on the film's trailer which made its debut today from IFC. I figured for sure Lotz, who starred in the original film directed by Nicholas McCarthy, would pop up for a two minute cameo.

The film stars Camilla Luddington, Patrick Fischler, Scott Michael Foster, Haley Hudson and Mark Steger. Entrance's Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath directed this entry.

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- Ryan Turek

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First Trailer Scared Up for The Pact 2

7 August 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

2012 Marked the release of Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, and it fared pretty well with horror fans. So well, in fact, that a sequel was ordered entitled The Pact II, and right now we have your first look at the trailer. Dig it!

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).

IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.

Synopsis

A truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

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