What unholy terrors lurk behind the walls of a secretive Irish convent? IFC Midnight presents The Devil’s Doorway, a terrifying new found-footage tale of horror from Irish filmmaker Aislinn Clarke.
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.
“Spooky as hell, with some biting commentary on the history of the Catholic Church, and a setting that grows increasingly claustrophobic and menacing as the narrative deepens.” – Blake Crane, Film Pulse
“★★★★. The ambiguity of the title is as important as the ambiguity of the ending — and always, underscoring it, the understanding that there was nothing ambiguous about what was found beneath the ground in Tuam.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film