DEVIL’S GATE was directed by Clay Staub who co-srote the screenplay with Peter Aperlo and stars Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Bridget Regan, Spencer Drever and Jonathan Frakes.
Devil’s Gate is an unnerving, edge-of-your-seat thriller. What unholy force lies locked away in this crumbling, booby-trapped, middle-of-nowhere farmhouse? When a woman and her son mysteriously vanish, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) is dispatched to the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota to investigate the number one suspect: religious fanatic Jackson Pritchard (Milo Ventimiglia), husband and father of the missing persons. But when Francis and local deputy Colt Salter (Shawn Ashmore) arrive at Pritchard’s foreboding property, they discover much more than they bargained for lurking in the basement. Unfolding over the course of 24 delirious hours, this head-spinning sci-fi creature feature hits viewers with a bonkers blitzkrieg of genre-bending twists and turns!
The movie takes place in Devil’s Gate, North Dakota where a woman and her son have vanished. The movie follows Daria Francis, an FBI agent who is dispatched to the small town to investigate the disappearance of this woman and her son. She teams up with deputy Colt Salter and they head out to an old farmhouse to question Jackson Pritchard, the husband and father of the two missing persons. What they quickly find out is that there’s a lot more going on here because the land is full of booby traps to keep something out or maybe to keep something in.
It doesn’t take long for the visitors to discover that their host has a big secret and he’s keeping it prisner down in the basement of his house but there’s also something on the outside that wants it back and it’s getting extremely aggressive. What was supposed to be a routine investigation turns into a fight for their lives when everything gets turned upside down for everyone involved as this otherworldy presence ultimately shows these humans that they’re really no match for what they’re going up against in this isolated location.
The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.
Bottom line is, I ended up enjoying Devil’s Gate that was a nice mixture of horror, suspense and science fiction. I liked the story even though it reminded me of about a dozen other “missing persons” movies with a sci-fi twist but what’s different with this intense thriller is definitely what’s lurking in the basement of this old farmhouse. Something else that’s impressive about this movie is the talented cast assembled for it. That standouts were Milo Ventimiglia who plays this psychotic husband and father who will do anything to get his family back but there’s also this mystery about his cause and what drives him. There’s also Amanda Schull who delivers as this FBI agent who’s determined to solve this mysterious case that ends up being more than she signed up for. Director Clay Staub did a good job telling the story that gives the old alien invasion sub-genre a freaky new twist. There’s also some great cinematography in the movie that helps give even more of an eerie and atmospheric vibe. There’s also some impressive SFX that’s a mixture of visual and practical effects and it all looks great. Devil’s Gate will be available on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on June 5th.
Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight
Run Time: 94 Minutes
Rated: Not Rated
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0
DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Special Features: N/A