Alien contact, invasion and abduction films have been around for years. From such classics as CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND to the television film THE UFO INCIDENT, creatures such as the Grays have spooked us out. Though not as common as vampire or zombie films, there has been a few such as SIGNS that made an immediate impact. The new film DEVIL’S GATE is a welcome addition to underused monster.
When a mother and child disappear in the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota, FBI agent Daria Francis (Amanda Schull) heads there to investigate. With Deputy Conrad Salter (Shawn Ashmore) as her guide, the two head to the remote home of Jackson Pritchard (Milo Ventimiglia), the husband and father of the missing pair. When he appears unstable, the man is arrested but soon strange things occur that make Agent Francis worry that something more is amiss.
The film is directed by first time director Clay Staub who has worked on such films as a second unit director to Dawn of the Dead (2004) and co-written by video game writer Peter Aperlo. Though a low profile film, the movie did get write ups by such places as Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times. Dark Discussions takes a look at this new film and gives their opinion.