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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.
There are plenty of movies nowadays that pay tribute to the 1970s and 80s, but there are very few that go the extra mile in the same way something like "The House of the Devil" does.
I'm not joking when I say that if someone told me this thing came out around that time period, I would have totally believed it. Because it not only has the themes of plenty of those old flicks, but it actually LOOKS like one too.
Down to such simple things as specific placements of the camera, to the music cues, framing certain scenes at certain angels, to the credits, actors, practically no CGI gore, everything looks and sounds like something straight out the time…
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…
5 decades: 2000's
HOLY. FUCKING. SHIT!!!
This movie is everything that I needed. Yesterday, I was just thinking about A Nightmare On Elm Street and how creative it is, narratively and aesthetically, so I started wandering about these classic horror films and how mainstream horror is just not that creative anymore. Nowaday's it's all possession movies, found footage trash, everything just looks the same, even the good ones. It doesn't have any charm anymore. Then, I watch The House of the Devil. As a horror fan, I teared up to the level of quality of this movie.
It's got everything that modern horror seems to have forgotten,…
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?
This month's theme is (you guessed it) houses! But seriously...
This one manages to take its time and be efficient all at once, if that makes sense. It doesn't? Hear me out: The House of the Devil is, indeed, a slow burn if there ever was one, but it's a slow burn on the way to a firecracker of a conclusion, a long lit fuse. At the same time, it feels quick because it doesn't really waste time on stuff that doesn't matter. There's no clunky expositional dialogue, no flashbacks, no scene or introduction or interaction that doesn't serve the film itself. All killer, no filler, as Sum 41 once said.
I think it also works because it keeps the…
2016 movie viewings, #142. This is one of the movies at "online art-film theater" MUBI.com that I watched only 30 minutes of, just enough to say that I had a legitimately informed opinion when deciding not to watch the rest. For while there's nothing particularly wrong with it per se, it just infuriated me that director Ti West decided to shoot this as if it were a lost horror movie from the early-'80s that had gotten stuck in a box and forgotten for thirty years, including early-'80s cameras, early-'80s credits, an early-'80s script, early-'80s editing, early-'80s costumes, and more. That's the very definition of lazy filmmaking, designed expressly to appeal to undiscerning Millennial hipster douchebags who are twenty years younger…
Seppur con l’ingombrante costruzione teorica sul cinema anni ’80 che viene necessariamente prima del film stesso, a differenza di The Innkeepers non dimentica di intrattenere e per questo lo trovo più equilibrato e quindi più riuscito.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
You don't kill off Greta Gerwig and get a perfect score.
Žena hoda po kući u 80-ima.
so well done.
It tells the tale of a young girl who takes a babysitting job that leads her to an isolated house where mysterious occurrences persist throughout her stay. The soundtrack, cinematography, setting, and even the features of the main actress (Jocelin Donahue) evoke a 70s/80s classic horror movie vibe that is perfect for Halloween time! The film is suspenseful throughout but a tad monotonous as she creeps through the house for over an hour. However, I was in the mood for that kind of suspense so I happily reveled in every moment of it. The ending is horrific and awesome! It was made even more shocking by the abrupt pace change, too. I loved the subject matter, acting, and the note they ended on, which was genuinely terrifying. All in all it gave me similar feelings to when I used to watch horror movies as a kid! Which is the besssst. Especially during Autumn!
People say "slow burn," but I had a great time throughout. Also a great reminder that Tom Noonan is one of the best subtle character actors of our time.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
I'm too lazy to do HopeTober but still want to do something #Spooky for you guys, so I figured this…