The Devil’s Doorway – Exclusive Preview
Aislinn Clarke's debut feature film – which holds the dual distinction of being the first feature horror film written and directed by an Irish woman – is a confident and timely chiller.
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.
Queen’s University alumni – and one-time QFT usher! – Aislinn Clarke is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s (when she’s not scaring us to death).
QFT is delighted to welcome writer/director Aislinn Clarke, along with members of the cast and crew, for a Q&A following this preview screening.
The Devil’s Doorway will be released later in 2018. Special thanks to producer Martin Brennan, 23ten and Kew Media.
Dir: Aislinn Clarke, UK, 2018, 76 mins.