Devil's Gate (2017 film)
Devil's Gate (2017), AKA Abduction
"Pray they are never found." Seeking a missing woman in North Dakota, an FBI agent and a sheriff focus on her religious zealot husband but discover something far more sinister.
- Release Date: 2017
- Country/Language: Canada/US, English
- Genres/Technical: Sci-fi, Horror
- Setting: Modern North Dakota, Delta Green
- Runtime: 1 hr 34 min
- Starring: Amanda Schull, Shawn Ashmore, Milo Ventimiglia
- Director: Clay Staub
- Writer: Peter Aperlo, Clay Staub
- Producer/Production Co: Caramel Film, Mednick Productions
- View Trailer 1: (link)
- View Trailer 2: (link)
- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: not rated (equivalent to R for Violence and mild Profanity and Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)
Essentially a movie about the "old ones" (in the form of something roughly resembling Grey Aliens) breaking through a portal into our world, though the movie stops short of any genuine "Yog-Sothothry".
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Y.Whateley: "A strangely Southern Gothic-flavored UFO abduction thing, the movie was average, but the weird combination worked surprisingly well, while the actors' reasonably sympathetic portrayal of characters that might have come off like "Twenty Minutes with Jerks" in lesser hands, atmospheric production and isolated, decayed location and sets elevated this a bit higher than the SyFy mess it could have been. A 2/5-star movie, but an entertaining one I'd watch again."
- Review by George Beremov at CineMarvellous! (5.5/10 Stars) (link) - "...Devil's Gate seems like an inventive blend of horror, sci-fi, and drama in the first half of its eerily intriguing alien -themed plot, delivering some solid chills, it becomes a hot mess during its third act..."
- Review by Jeannie Blue at Cryptic Rock (4/5 Stars) (link) - "...Devil’s Gate traffics largely in shock and suspense, rather than gratuitous violence and blood-splashing. It is not an entirely horrifying or scary film, but it is certainly a haunting tale that comes out of a random corn-field."
- Review by Brett Gallman at Oh The Horror! (link) - "...an admirable attempt at delivering a very specific strain of creature feature we don’t see enough of. Not only is its creature fairly unique, but Staub also treats this material respectfully by allowing it to be fun without sacrificing the dramatic elements."
- Review by Paul Martin at ScreenAnarchy (link) - "...the first act of the film, in effect -- are set up easily by director Staub, but the emptiness of the landscape, combined with a suitably eerie musical score by Keefus Ciancia and furtive photography by Miroslaw Baszak, suggests that something more is going on than Agent Francis or Deputy Colt think. ... From there, Devil's Gate takes turns that can strain credulity, partly because of the film's limited budget. Everyone does the best they can, I am sure, but sometimes the artistic ambition exceeds the realistic reach. Nonetheless, the film is willing to gamble on its overall narrative goals, and by that point, I was willing to suspend my disbelief."
- Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "Devil’s Gate starts out extremely well. Clay Staub has a fantastic feel for the world he has created. He is shooting on location in Manitoba so the landscape is bare plains from horizon to horizon. The colour tone of the film has been bleached out so that everything resembles a rusty brown. ... It is about halfway through that Devil’s Gate reveals that it is in fact an Alien Abduction film. Although this then becomes the least interesting aspects of the film. There is nothing new that the film does with the genre’s tropes, no new ground it uncovers, just a reshuffling of familiar aspects."
Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
A family in a creepy, isolated North Dakota farmhouse are terrorized by "angels" from another dimension who kidnap members of the family, replace them with doppelgangers, as part of a plan to invade Earth. After the aliens take the family's son, the father (actually an alien "sleeper agent" who doesn't realize it) retaliates by abducting one of the aliens, resulting in minor interdimensional war until the aliens get what they want: a foothold on Earth....
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- A Delta Green style team of investigators are called into a missing-person investigation for a woman last seen at a creepy, isolated farmhouse which sits at the site of a gate between worlds, through which sinister "Angels" have been emerging to abduct locals (including the missing woman) and cause other mischief.