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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.
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,…
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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…
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?
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm impressed at how accomplished this throwback horror film has all the markers of 70s/80d horror movies, while managing some finesse in cinematography, special effects, and tension (which I usually don't see as effective in movies like this). Unfortunately, not all the throwback elements are executed well or, in my opinion, are not good elements to pick (annoyingly close camera angles, very drawn out opening, characters that don't have much in the way of personality).
Script: Less Tight
Overall Rating: 7/10
I don't even find this as slow as others had indicated before I watched it. There is just some solid character development and exploration of the house once she arrives that adds to the atmosphere and dread that you know will begin soon. Tom Noonan is appropriately cast as the off-kilter head of the house and there are plenty of shocks to carry you through until things really get wild at the end. The final third is a tad rushed and the very final scene just doesn't really work but overall it's another good but not great effort from Ti West
Horror für Menschen mit Fantasie. So viel besser als gewisse Vorbilder. Der Terror kommt ganz gemählich und packt dich dann von Hinten am Genick. Doch selbst wenn du dich befreien kannst, ist es schon längst zu spät umzukehren. Angst, Angst vor nichts, Angst vor allem. Nie hat der Satz "Der Teufel steckt bekanntlich im Detail" besser zu einem Film gepasst.
Like taking a step back to the 80's. You have old tv remotes, rotary dial phones, classic Coka Cola cups the works. Pretty suspenseful throughout with a nice surprise, brutal death and what I thought was a pretty cool ending. Really like this!
I have so many questions but the most important one: what the fuck ?
The movie starts interesting: acting, camera, music and color grading succeed to create a nice early-80's-flair. Unfortunately it falls into a boredom, almost nothing happens for the next 60 minutes. Even the dramatic climax/story twist fails to make the plot more interesting. To me "THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL" is a retro-chic style-over-substance waste of time.
Ti West creates a genuinely chilling atmosphere that perfectly captures the mood of 'haunted house' greats such as the Amityville Horror. A somewhat rushed ending lets down an otherwise great film.
The House of the Devil is one of the best feature debuts that I have ever seen. I’ve heard reviewers compare this film to the early work of Polanski, and I would have to agree. If you took the isolation and the paranoia of Repulsion and the satanic horror of Rosemary’s Baby, put them in a blender and poured out the contents, you’d probably get something like The House of the Devil.
The House of the Devil tells the story of a young college student named Samantha (in a near-perfect performance from Jocelin Donahue) who is in need of some quick cash, so she ends up accepting an offer to baby-sit for an extremely creepy old couple (screen legends Tom…
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