The mere concept of a Magdalene laundry-set found footage horror movie is possibly enough to give anyone the chills.
Now The Devil's Doorway, a new Northern Irish shocker, has been picked up for distribution in the US by IFC Midnight, who've enjoyed success stateside with Irish genre titles like Grabbers, A Dark Song and The Survivalist. Written and directed by Aislinn Clarke, the film stars veteran Belfast actors Lalor Roddy and Helena Bereen, alongside Ciaran Flynn and young Dubliner Lauren Coe.
The official synopsis for the film reads thusly:
What unholy terrors lurk behind the walls of a secretive Irish convent?
Northern Ireland, 1960: Father Thomas Riley (Lalor Roddy) and Father John Thornton (Ciaran Flynn) are dispatched by the Vatican to investigate reports of a miracle—a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood—at a remote Catholic asylum for "immoral" women. Armed with 16mm film cameras to record their findings, the priests instead discover a depraved horror show of sadistic nuns, satanism, and demonic possession. Supernatural forces are at work here—but they are not the doing of God. Inspired by the infamous true histories of Magdalene Laundries—in which "fallen women" were held captive by the Irish Catholic Church—this found footage occult shocker is a chilling encounter with unspeakable evil.
Following several acclaimed screenings on the festival circuit, The Devil's Doorway is released in the US this July, with an Irish release to follow. Between this and the forthcoming Conjuring spin-off The Nun, due for release this September, scary nuns are officially the new scary clowns.
Two Catholic Priests were sent to investigate a miracle at Magdalene Laundry in 1960. They never filed their report…@AislinnClarke’s #TheDevilsDoorway possesses select theaters and On Demand Friday, July 13. pic.twitter.com/sWcOBa9b84— IFC Midnight (@IFCMidnight) June 15, 2018