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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.
Part of Hoop-Tober
“This one night changes everything for me.”
In the foyer, near the base of the grand staircase, sits a harpsichord.
Not a piano. Not even an organ. A harpsichord.
The house is already impressively creepy. So expansive yet so enclosed, so dark. Stairwells and passageways and so many rooms, all suitable for sneaking and hiding and misdirection. Everything about it is subtly unnerving—a grandparents’ home full of ugly wallpaper and linoleum and bric-a-brac, but with a sense that the grandson might be Damien. It’s reminiscent of the Victorian Bates manse in Psycho, itself inspired Edward Hopper’s The House by the Railroad. It is less a house than an imposition on good mental health. But it’s just a…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s Horror-o-thon 2014
Well that was a great kick-off to this year’s Horror-o-thon! Not knowing anything going in, I was convinced by the opening scenes that this was a late 70’s / early 80’s haunted house horrorer; that is until the very late 70’s / early 80’s opening credits rolled … oooh, it has Mary Waronov! Wait, what? How old is Gretta Gerwig?
Ti West’s House of the Devil is neither homage nor send-up, it’s something completely sincere. While I’m the farthest thing from a horror genre aficionado, I’ve had enough exposure to the classics from that era to see that this rings true. It reminded me of a small Spanish/Danish comedy from 2003, Torremolino '73…
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,…
Ti West's direction + spooky and grainy cinematography + methodical and slowly tightening tension + fantastic performances by Jocelin Donahue and Tom Noonan + brilliant references to the 1980s and satanic chillers + one of the greatest climaxes of all time + an eventual release of primal rage and desolation + a slightly-empty house = one of the finest horror films to be released in the 21st century.
Mrs Ulman, are you okay?
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Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a homage to those old eighties horror films back when “satanic panic” was in it’s prime, and this movie really plays on the idea. It’s a slow burn but stylistically it’s great and when we take the real turn into horror this movie really pays off. I would recommend this film to anyone, but I’d call it a must watch if you’re a fan of older horror films.
The House of the Devil has one of the goofiest openings for a horror movie made in the 00’s but it’s just so great. In fact it’s probably worth watching for the first ten minutes or so, Ti West has some…
I love second viewings of films so much.
I have had discussions with the occasional person who flat out refuses to revisit films, saying they could never sit through something again when they already know what happens, and I am the guy on the polar opposite end of the spectrum in this regard. Not only can I watch the same work again and again as long as it tickles my entertainment bone (no, not that, get your mind out of the gutter pervert), but I actually typically prefer the second go round over the first.
When I first screen a film, I want to maintain a tight focus on the plot and do my best to follow the story beats…
FUCK I WAS SCARED
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Can you believe it’s already been six years since “mumblegore” happened? I always objected to the term, hastily applied to the films of Ti West, Adam Wingard, and other directors from Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix production company. The films obviously owed way more to horror from the seventies and eighties than the ponderous mumblecore movement. It’s not like retro-leaning horror was new in 2009. Intentional imitation of eighties classic was the defining style for indie horror before then and continues to be. But if you’re willing to accept “mumblegore” as a genuine movement, “The House of the Devil” seems to be the film that popularized it.
“House of the Devil’s” plot is so minimalist to the point of almost…
The House of The Devil is cold, quiet, and collected movie. A horror film benefits from a cold setting. It forces the conflict indoors, to a more intimate setting, where you know something isn't right. Ti West executes the retro aesthetic very skillfully, and manages to pair it with some truly great performances from Jocelin Donahue and Tom Noonan. Oh, and GRETA GERWIG.
First and foremost: The House of the Devil is one of the most terrifying films I have ever seen and has become one of my new favourite horror flicks. Ti West does a near-perfect job of recreating the feeling of 70's and 80's horror movies (you may forget it was made in 2009) and uses slow-burning, tension-filled tactics to brilliant effect. Not only does the suspense work on its own but it also allows more shock for the viewer since the film is lightly peppered with jump-scares and extremely surprising moments. The performances are great all around. The soundtrack is another highlight, complete with drawn-out, nail-biting atmosphere inducers. Not only is the music great, the use of silence is just…
Decent enough to keep you entertained.
Great film. 80s feel, suspenseful and edge-of-your-seat. During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret.
Rosemary's Baby wannabe, but still a good thriller. Dat random kill scene.
In love with this movie's aesthetic.
Some of my favorite editing in a horror film ever. This movie has some of the best jump scares in da bisnez, but it doesn't only rely on them. The atmosphere of this movie is really fun.
The looming moon that just towers over this movie, from the opening shot to the end is just incredibly and creepily wonderful.
Movies that embrace an 80's-ish tone with synth or Vaporwave soundtracks or a neon aesthetic.
Suggestions are welcome of course.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…