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At the Devil's Door (2014)

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Not Rated | | Horror | 8 August 2014 (USA)
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A real-estate agent finds herself caught up in something sinister when she has to sell a house with a dark past and meets the troubled teen who used to live there.

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Nicholas McCarthy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Rickards ... Hannah
Nick Eversman ... Calvin
Michael Massee ... Uncle Mike
Mark Steger ... Thin Man
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... Leigh
Naya Rivera ... Vera
Wyatt Russell ... Sam
Daniel Roebuck ... Chuck
Jan Broberg ... Royanna
Arshad Aslam ... Seth
Kelsey Heller Kelsey Heller ... Young Lori
Kent Faulcon ... Davis
Bresha Webb ... Becky
Assaf Cohen ... Dr. Aranda
Shaun O'Hagan ... Detective
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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 believes 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. Written by Production

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It's looking for a home.

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Language:

English

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8 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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The red rain coat is an obvious nod to the horror classic "Don't Look Now" starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie directed by Nicholas Roeg. See more »

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At 1:27, the armoire that Leigh found the rolled up money in at the beginning of the film in the drawer at the bottom, has been painted white, presumably as part of the renovations of the house. However, the painted armoire has no drawer, only closet doors. See more »

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Written by Oliver Kirk, Kacee Heidt and Benjamin Tamblyn-Morrow
Performed by Flamingo
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Disappointing
20 May 2015 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

A young couple visits the guy's uncle. He's got $500 if the girl plays a game. She picks a happy face pin from a box and has to guess under which of the cups it'll be after the creepy old man spins the cups around. She guesses right 3 times and the third time the pin has an ash cross over it. The uncle tells her she's been chosen and to go to a crossroad and say her name so "he" will know who she is and then gives her the $500.

Back at home the girl hears something and she's lifted in the air and thrown around. She tries to bury the money, then burn it but it keeps appearing in her drawer.

Next we meet a pretty real estate agent. She has a sister who's an artist and is about to do an exhibition. The agent visits an empty house she's going to sell. There she sees the girl from the intro. She tells the owners who think it may their missing daughter who ran away with her boyfriend. But then it turns out the daughter is found. The agent discovers that the girl she's seeing is someone else who committed suicide. But then, the unseen force kills her.

Now her sister, the artist, picks things up. She interviews one of the suicide's friends who tells her all sorts of info on the girl. Then the artist is attacked by the force and ends up in the hospital. When she wakes up from a coma she's told that she's pregnant. During the ultrasound she sees an evil face on the screen and demands the doctors take out the kid. Several years later she visits her creepy-looking daughter.

I had high hopes for At the Devil's Door. I enjoyed the writer/director's previous effort The Pact, although he's yet another male who insists on making movies without any significant male characters. Is that what it takes these days to make it in Hollywood? Unfortunately this movie is a step in the wrong direction. The strongest female, Ashley Rickards, gets only the secondary role of the intro girl, while the weakest actress get the more significant role. The main problem though is the nonsensical story. A movie about a demon looking to procreate should make for a good horror movie actually. But here it's told in too roundabout a way. You can't really care about most of the characters including the main character, which is a terrible flaw. Like most movies, this one, too, goes eventually on mute with no one saying much of anything, certainly the demon doesn't say a whole lot, he doesn't even make a sound.

That said, Nicholas McCarthy is a good director, perhaps not so much when it comes to telling a story, but definitely when it comes to shooting a movie. And he goes for subtlety instead of hyper explicitness--always a good idea in horror. So when we see the demon, it's usually at a distance, unfocused in the background, or in a mirror reflection. That does make the demon less menacing, which is why he should have been given more of a voice. At the Devil's Door is a movie that had potential but most if it was unrealized.


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