Marty Stalker’s new Irish horror documentary Hostage to the Devil will have its world premiere at the 17th FrightFest in London on August 26th.

The film 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.

Hostage to the Devil is produced by Causeway Pictures and Underground Films, and has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ the Irish Film Board. For more information check out the film’s website, Twitter, or Facebook.

The 17th Horror Channel FrightFest runs at Vue Shepherd’s Bush in London from August 25th to 29th.

Abbadon. Lucifer. Beelzebub. Satan. Old Nick. Antichrist. Mammon. Old Scratch. Evil One. The Devil. He is known by many names across the world and across the centuries. You may have your own name for him. You may imagine his form, his shape, his voice, his presence. You may have seen his portrait in artwork, in paintings, in film. You’ve doubtless heard stories of his power. You may have seen his shadow in dark news reports. You may tell yourself he is a cautionary tale, a childish fable; that you have nothing to fear.

The central question this film sets out to interrogate is one that has been argued by the finest minds in philosophy and theology, by the illiterate, by rich, by poor, old, young, since time immemorial.  The film examines this question through the life of one man, Malachi Martin; an Irish priest who dedicated his life to battling an ancient evil. Malachi Martin; exorcist. Using first-hand interviews, dramatic reconstruction, archival evidence and Martin’s own words, this documentary will follow Father Martin’s incredible crusade from the 1970s through to his death in 1999.

So. Does the Devil exist?

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