The House of the Devil
Talk on the phone. Finish your homework. Watch TV. Die.
In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret; they plan to use her in a satanic ritual.
A person's vision is best portrayed the fewer the hands involved. I think that is what has worked best for Ti West's House of the Devil and in bringing it to life so successfully. Not only writing and directing, the fact he edited the film as well really kept his vision true and in tact.
The tone and pacing, while slow to build is used perfectly, adding an eerie and unsettling calm which eventually snowballs into intense and terrifying chaos.
Aside from Ti West's writing, directing, editing, cinematography, POV shots and all the technical aspects, his attention to detail was out of this world. There have been plenty of fantastic period-piece horror films but to have a throw back film,…
I had to double take the year this film was made - Yes 2009 - yet it's more 80's than any 80's horror I have ever seen. From the opening credits, it's grainy style, it's washed out colours, the soundtrack, even the poster, everything about this film oozes 80's horror. It isn't however just a clever gimmick - Ti West's The House of the Devil does everything right. EVERYTHING.
This is no slasher film. It relies on the classic combination of slow build suspense, creepy sounds and tense silences to great effect. In retrospect, nothing much really happens and it was quite a slow burner but that did not detract from it being a very engaging film.
A college student…
It's refreshing to see a new up and coming Director learn a thing or two from Film School 101. a) Learn from your contemporaries mistakes, do not apply said learnings b) Study the Masters, and apply said learnings.
Ti West has channelled Hitchcockian tension and suspense in this highly effective horror that even whilst it basks in 'retro', it feels like a breath of fresh air. The slow-burn momentum weaves a spell that Horror generally lacks in this day in age where the reliance on jump-scares, fast-cuts and gore is king.
It takes well over an hour for things to get rolling, and by that stage you are so unnerved by what you are NOT seeing (if it wasn't for…
Too tired to write a review...
but FUCK! THAT WAS AWESOME!
"You're gonna be just fine.....both of you."
This was really boring and tedious. Endless scenes of the girl in the house alone building up to nothing. This clearly didn't work for me on any level. A great amount of the running time is spent just with the main actress alone on the screen and she just can't carry a film all by herself, I'm sorry.
In a world where horror is no longer king *cough cough*, sorry, excuse the film trailer voice guy. Basically we are currently going through a rather rough spell in the horror genre, in which we have been privy to only a couple of stand out films in the past decade, namely Kill List, The Cabin in The Woods and A Field In England. The House of the Devil is by no means a classic, however it is a well done piece of nostalgia. A horror film cut out of the classic ilk, shot very much like a John Carpenter movie, with a slightly old and grainy feel to it, I couldn't help but be drawn into The House of the…
Really hit the spot. I was shaking with fear the first 70 minutes.
The build-up may be too much for some but if you don't mind a slow burn, this is a pretty great little horror flick.
It doesn't say anything new, nor is it a masterpiece, but it's bloody scary and bloody good.
Fair warning to anyone who has not seen this film: it is nothing like the poster makes it out to be. To be sure, you'll gain as much from the opening to the film but since you'll inevitably end up seeing this poster before you watch the film please realize that The House of the Devil is not quite as cavalier. It is instead a well thought out and thoroughly constructed homage to haunted house flicks of the 70s, for better and for worse, though mostly for the former.
We follow Samantha, a college sophomore who needs to scrounge up some quick money in order to afford the first month's rent on a new apartment she wants to purchase. So,…
Unlike The Innkeepers (2011) which was the first Ti West film I watched House of the Devil was actually creepy and a very pleasant surprise.
Ti West does a masterful job of replicating the trappings of late-70's/early 80's horror films and evoking the time period in a very subtle way that increases the authenticity. And like those other films, the first half of 'House' is a slow burn set up with no real scares but it really works and is never boring.