“Devil’s Gate” Trailer: Star Cinema Distributes U.S. Horror in the Philippines
Star Cinema has dropped the trailer for “Devil’s Gate” (embedded above), a somewhat commercially viable horror-thriller import from last year’s Tribeca International Film Festival. It’s viable because of the names involved, which lists exciting actors that have enough star power and actual acting skills to carry through a potentially wobbly thriller that’s literally about alien-infested gates of hell. The film, directed by Clay Staub, stars Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Amanda Schull, Bridget Regan, and Jonathan Frakes.
The film’s synopsis reads:
In the small town of “Devil’s Gate,” a woman and her son disappear mysteriously. To solve the case, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) searches for the main suspect — the husband and father of the missing persons — Jackson Pritchard (Milo Ventimiglia). As Francis’ team investigates the house, they find an even bigger case waiting for them.
Why we’re covering this now is the fact that Star Cinema is apparently now taking indie gems from festivals abroad, too. An obvious sign that the studio’s reluctance about stories beyond those that strictly fit their tried-and-tested mold is growing smaller and smaller. Star Cinema, of course, was the studio that took a chance on an 8-hour Lav Diaz film (“Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”).
As for the film at hand, it appears critics haven’t made their minds about the film’s defiance of its own z-horror conceit. But if the trailer is any indication—which, beware, is tackily cut-together and a tad spoiler-y—“Devil’s Gate” looks like the kind of film that turns out really great if taken less seriously than usual.
“Devil’s Gate” opens across theaters in the Philippines on March 7, 2018.