One of the must-see premieres at this year’s Horror Channel FrightFest in the UK is Marty Stalker’s “shock-doc” Hostage to the Devil, and hot on the heels of Uncle Creepy’s interview with Ralph Sarchie, one of the film’s participants, during this week’s episode of Brainwaves, in which he discussed Father Martin (the subject of the documentary), we have several stills and some new artwork to share.
From the Press Release:
Causeway Pictures, Underground Films, and Content Media are pleased to announce the world premiere of Hostage to the Devil at London’s FrightFest Film Festival 2016 on Friday 26th August, 4.00pm, Discovery Screen 3.
Over five years in production, director Martin Stalker has made a film which examines age-old questions about the existence of the Devil and the debate over good versus evil, all through the life of a controversial Irish-born Jesuit priest, Fr Malachi Martin.
Using first person-interviews with paranormal royalty such as Lorraine Warren, Ralph Sarchie, and John Zaffis, along with dramatic reconstructions, archival evidence, and words straight from Martin, this spine-chilling documentary takes the audience on a journey through an extraordinary life marked by battles against the Vatican, scandal, contention, and most of all, a deep and all-encompassing belief in the theory and practice of exorcism.
The film explains in graphic detail the process and outcomes of such an ordeal, including the horrifying case study of a four-year-old girl whom Fr Martin assessed as requiring an exorcism. This was to be the last case he was involved in before he died under mysterious circumstances.
A child possessed. An exorcist locked in combat with an ancient evil. Using first- hand interviews, dramatic reconstruction, archival evidence, and a dead man’s words, this documentary film tells the true story of Father Malachi Martin and asks: In the battle for saving a soul, who really is ‘Hostage to the Devil’?
Director Stalker says: “I initially had feelings of disbelief that nothing had been made about this incredible and mysterious man (Malachi Martin) before. This was what influenced my decision to get involved and to tell his story. I feel the film industry has been saturated with misconceptions on exorcism and diabolical possession. So it was important that this documentary addressed the realism of this subject matter through the knowledge of one man, through the personal experiences of others, and through using science and the Catholic Church as critical and theological anchors in the film.”
Hostage to the Devil is a CAUSEWAY PICTURES film in association with UNDERGROUND FILMS, BORD SCANNÁN NA HÉIREANN / THE IRISH FILM BOARD, and NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN. It is set for general release in the UK through Content Media in October 2016. Content Media is also handling worldwide sales.