I occasionally receive a bit of grief -- behind the scenes -- from folks who just don't understand my love of independent cinema; and that's why -- from time-to-time -- I find it necessary to remind regular readers of why I do love covering it.
First, very few outlets these days legitimately sing the praises of smaller films. That's a crying shame because -- in my experience -- viewers are missing out on some nifty little flicks.
Second, many of these storytellers are on the cusp of truly finding some break-out potential. I'd like to be there to take that ride with them -- from this side of the glass, naturally -- as I think it's great to watch folks truly find their footing and excel.
Lastly, it really helps give SciFiHistory.Net a bit of an edge against the big boys. I'll cover some of what they do, but very rarely do they swing my way. Does that make me competitive? Well, I'd like to think it does; but more than anything it keeps me true to myself, championing anything that looks like it deserves a chance to be found.
2021's "Gateway" is a little something something that's right up our alley here at SciFiHistory.Net. I received some very minor press materials -- along with a link to the trailer -- and I thought I'd do my part, pass along the info, and remind you folks that there are always hidden gems out there waiting for you in the least likely places. Check out the trailer, see what you think, and join in the efforts to help the little guys break through all that noise.
You know what to do.
Irish Supernatural Thriller Comes to Digital on 7/15
"Owens’ flick is a concrete demonstration that filmmakers do not always need to reinvent the wheel to make a compelling movie.... A door creaking, a moment of hesitation, a thousand-yard stare... along with many other well-oiled maneuvers, are all executed masterfully." - CINEUROPA
Mike is a low-level drug dealer in debt to a ruthless supplier. When he and his gang set up shop in an abandoned house, he thinks his problems are solved. But a mysterious locked door inside the house and growing discord within the gang brings old feuds boiling to the surface. As friendships unravel, the house begins to enact its own plan, using the gang’s own deepest dark thoughts against them.
Like lambs to the slaughter, the men are lured one by one into the room and there they are confronted by the evil world that lies within themselves. The once-locked door is now open, and what lies beyond has its own desires.
Directed & Written by: Niall Owens
Country of Origin: Ireland
Distributor: Dark Sky Films
Produced by: Niall Owens
Run Time: 80 minutes
Cast: Tim Creed (Vikings, Dominion Creek), Kevin Barry (Michael Inside, Bridget & Eamon), Laurence Ubong Williams (Peacock's The Capture), Fiona Hardy (Axman), John Ryan Howard (Beyond the Woods), Jimmy Smallhorne (Dead Still, Who We Love)