Wednesday, April 1, 2015

At the Devil's Door (2014)

Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Starring: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera, Ashley Rickards, Ava Acres, Michael Massee, Wyatt Russel, Nick Eversman, Tara Buck, Olivia Crocicchia, Jennifer Aspen, Daniel Roebuck, Mark Steger

Real-estate agent Leigh (Moreno) tries selling the home of a disturbed couple, still gathering the pieces after their runaway daughter Hannah (Rickards) disappeared. While staying in the home, Leigh is visited by Hannah and attacked by an unknown spirit. Leigh's estranged sister Vera (Rivera) then becomes entangled in the investigation.

There's certainly dark atmosphere at play here but McCarthy struggles to keep the pace going and the story as a whole doesn't entirely connect or make much sense. However, this brava original take on the antichrist child, explored previously in Rosemary's Baby and The Omen, gives us a great sense of McCarthy's abilities and hopefully some exciting future projects.

A stoned-faced Rivera doesn't hold much appeal, especially to those of us aware of her role in the television series Glee. Colombian actress Moreno and, especially, Rickards fare better in their prospective stories; a creepy little Acres also helps the finale. Cinematographer Bridger Nielson and production designer Walter Barnett have built a wonderful repertoire with McCarthy. This is one to watch out for.


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