Nicholas McCarthy directed one of 2012’s finest horrors with The Pact, and now he returns with what looks to be an even more terrifying feature, At the Devil’s Door. If you have seen the trailer, I am sure you’ll agree that the film looks very impressive, but where did the idea come from?
McCarthy spoke with EW this week, and explained exactly where he got the idea from, only his film has a much worse conclusion:
“When I was at Sundance, a cab picked me up to take me back to the condo that I was staying in,” explains the filmmaker. “The cab driver was this Chilean guy and he asked me what I was there for. I said, I’m here for this movie called The Pact.’ He said, ‘Is that about a pact with the Devil? I made pact with the Devil.’ So I said, to this complete stranger, ‘Tell me about that!’
He proceeded to tell me this story about when he was a teenager in Chile. His friends knew this witch doctor that you could sell your soul to—and his friends dared him to do this. To show his friends that he was fearless, he went to this witch doctor and the witch doctor performed this whole weird ritual. At the end of the ritual, this witch doctor said to him, ‘Now tell me your name.’ At this point the guy is starting to get nervous. All his kind of being-an-atheist was being called into question. So he asked, ‘Why? Why do you want to know my name?’ And this witch doctor says, “So He knows you name when He calls for you.’ So the guy told him his name: Enrique. And he claims that he went home, and that night he was sitting in his kitchen and he heard from upstairs this voice call, ‘Enrique!’ And he went upstairs and there was no one there.”
So this cab driver told me this story, and at this point I’m sitting in his cab, idling in front of my condo in Park City. And I asked him, ‘So, what happens?’ He said, ‘I fell in love with this girl who lives up in Park City and now I’m a cab driver here. Nothing happens.’ But I had never heard anything exactly like that and so it stuck. A few months later, when I went up to this cabin to write, I took that story and combined it with this other story about sisters—which came from Psycho. I wanted to see what would happen if these two things got put together with an aim towards unsettling and disturbing the audience. So that really was the origin of it.”
While no dates have yet been confirmed for here in the UK, the newly titled At the Devil’s Door will be released in the US on VOD on August 8th, and will then have a small theatrical release on September 12th, courtesy of IFC Midnight.
“After IFC acquired the movie at South by Southwest they floated the idea that a more genre-direct title might help the movie reach its audience,” said McCarthy. “I agreed and came back at them with AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR. I love the title and think it captures what this movie is. I can’t wait to unleash it on to the world!“
At the Devil’s Door is written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy, and the cast includes Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, and Ava Acres.
When ambitious young real estate agent LEIGH is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister VERA into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.