At the Devil's Door

2014

Action / Horror

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 23%
IMDb Rating 4.8 10 6318

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Reviewed by Argemaluco 7 / 10

At the Devil's Door is a competent, but overloaded, horror film

I liked The Pact, director and screenwriter Nicholas McCarthy's first film, very much, and that's why I was very interested in watching At the Devil's Door, his following movie. And even though At the Devil's Door is very inferior to The Pact, McCarthy's ability to create suspense and terror with efficiency and elegance keeps being noticed. At the Devil's Door offers a growing tension, some good shocks and a constant sensation of anxiety. Unfortunately, the screenplay changes its course with too much frequency and it can't decide itself for a concrete direction. Everything starts with an enigmatic prologue in which the young Hannah participates on a strange ritual, something which brings context to Leigh's story and her difficulty to sell a "haunted house" (or whatever it is). Then, we witness long flashbacks of Hannah and the consequences of the ritual; then, the focus of attention switches to Leigh's sister; then, the story jumps 8 months; afterwards, 6 years... and well, that's enough to describe the confusing structure of At the Devil's Door, which includes enough tangents to fill in three movies. But with so much material compressed in an hour and a half, it's difficult for us to integrate into the story. On the positive side, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Naya Rivera and Ashley Rickards bring solid performances in their roles. To sum up, At the Devil's Door is very far from the level of The Pact, but at least, it confirms McCarthy's ability to handle the tools of horror; unfortunately, his work as a screenwriter wasn't totally satisfactory in this case. Nevertheless, that doesn't avoid me from giving a moderate recommendation to At the Devil's Door as a decent horror film.

Reviewed by maggiemaggamuff-69556 10 / 10

Excellent writing

I wish there would be a sequel. The story spans over decades and is very well written. If you're into horror / thriller films, you will be sucked into the atmosphere and story line and you'll keep watching again and again to be taken back to that place of mystery and suspense, seeing things you missed the last time you watched. If you liked The Ring, you'll love this as far as atmosphere and suspense.

Reviewed by ditziie 6 / 10

A good idea, but not executed very well. Not the worst or the best.

The spoilers are really only in one paragraph, labeled **spoilers**

This isn't a bad movie, although I wouldn't say it's a great one either. It has plenty of suspense and a few moments that are truly terrifying. The atmosphere throughout the whole movie was, in my opinion, particularly well done, they really nailed it! I felt like the characters were well portrayed, however, I think they were not developed as well as they should have been, and although you got a few glimpses into their history and backstory, there really wasn't much to fill in the blanks, and let you really get to know them, or understand them. I think just a little more effort in that area could have made some huge improvements. As it is, it's sort of just like, here's a bunch of people going through some bad stuff, you don't know much about them, and therefore don't have a reason to care about them really, you don't really understand how they got to this point in their lives, and although it doesn't matter much to the story line, it leaves you feeling unconnected to them. So, when something bad happens to them, or they get killed, it's just like, wow that's awful, but oh well.

But, as far as the story goes, it is a pretty good one. Actually, it started off great, i thought. The first few scenes had me really into it, but it kind of lost it's momentum at some point. It had plenty of twists and turns, and kept on surprising me all the way through, which is always a good thing. The downside of that, though, is that it was sort of too much packed into one movie. Just when you think you'd figured out what was going on, everything changed. When you think you knew what to expect, the opposite happened. And usually that's good, but in this movie, it happened so much it started to feel...almost ridiculous, I guess. Just like there was too much going on.

**Spoiler** For example, when first sister (can't remember her name, sorry) died in the house of 'heart failure', she'd only been there once before that, so it's not like she had a big connection to the house or something. Then, the sister came there, and very soon she was attacked. Again, not a big connection to the house, or even the girl that had killed herself there. But then there's the suicidal girls parents, who I lived in the house too, and I assumed they probably remained there at least for a short while after her death, nothing happened to them, right? Or what about the girl who grew up there, and her parents, who were the ones selling it, although she'd encountered the girl in the red raincoat, she hadn't ever been attacked, nor had her family. So why is it only the sisters are who attacked? The things that happened to them were scary enough to make the movie good, but it sort of left me confused because I don't understand why they were targeted.**

I feel like it would have been better if they'd split it into 2 movies, and expanded on the scenes with more detail and more explanation.

Then there's the ending...Maybe it's just me, but I thought it sucked. To me, though, that doesn't necessarily ruin the movie, and I don't regret watching it. It was a good watch with a disappointing ending, but again, I think splitting it up would have really made it much better, cause one of my problems with how it ended was that I just felt it was too rushed, and not enough explanations were given.

Overall, I'd recommend it to any horror fans, especially lovers of possession or devil themed films, just don't go into it expecting too much or you will most likely be disappointed. It's not going to blow your mind, or have you re-watching it again in a day or two, but it won't have you bored to death, wanting to turn to something else half-way through it.

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