Citadel

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Tommy Cowley lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex in Edentown, a crumbling Irish housing estate, with his highly pregnant wife. One day, the couple is attacked on their doorstep by a group of strange hooded youngsters, and after this shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So traumatized by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy spends his days hiding from imagined threats in his new flat, trying his best to raise his infant daughter while working through intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the vicious hoodies, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begin terrorizing his life again, Tommy is torn between his paralyzing fear and his protective parental instinct. With the help of a renegade vigilante priest who has uncovered the bizarre origins of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang of mysterious children , Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as The Citadel to save his family and end the nightmare. Primal fears and urban paranoia collide with over-the-top horror in this award-winning debut feature from Irish director Ciarán Foy, a film guaranteed to make you think twice before entering a dark house. (Dir. by Ciarán Foy, 2012, Ireland/UK, 84 mins., Rated R, Cinedigm Entertainment) Digital