AN Irish feature documentary about a Kerry priest and his battle against evil will be available on Netflix from next Sunday.
‘Hostage to the Devil’ (see trailer below) will launch on the streaming service, telling the story of Malachi Martin from Ballylongford. Fr Malachi, a Jesuit priest, was a writer of several books and was involved in the exorcism of a young girl back in the 1970s.
Using real footage from exorcisms, first-hand interviews, dramatic reconstruction, archival evidence and Martin’s own words, the film follows Father Martin’s incredible crusade from the 1970s through to his death in 1999.
This feature length doc asks, in the battle for saving a soul, just who really is ‘Hostage to the Devil’.
Producer Chris Patterson commented; “The central question this film sets out to interrogate is one that has occupied minds for centuries; does the Devil exist? The film examines this question through the life of one man, Malachi Martin; an Irish priest – a Kerryman – who dedicated his life to battling this ancient evil. But was he a warrior for Christ, or a charismatic charlaton?”
Director Marty Stalker commented, “I’m delighted that ‘Hostage To The Devil’ will be released worldwide on Netflix. As a filmmaker, it’s a dream come true to present my work to such a large-scale audience, and Netflix provides an incredible platform.” Stalker continues “The fascinating Malachi Martin was and still is an enigma and I have no doubt we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about him and his life in the years to come.”
Hostage to the Devil is a Causeway Pictures production in association with Underground Films. Funded by Northern Ireland Screen and Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board. It was sold through Content Media Group.
Watch the preview of the documentary below…