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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.
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've been thinking a lot about the review I did for this film yesterday quite a lot overnight and this morning and I think I was slightly harsh on this film.
I think I've reviewed it far too much on issues I had with it rather than whether I enjoyed it or not. The fact is that even though it is still ridiculously slowly built up and the ending 15 minutes or so are still a really disappointing pay-off, I actually didn't mind all the build-up. At no point was I bored or did I think it was terrible or anything and I was fairly engaged by it all. I think the segment where Jocelin Donahue is looking after the…
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…
A creepy and effective slow burn horror film. When it first started I thought things looked a bit cheap and nasty considering the film is only a few years old. That initial assessment however was wiped away when the opening credits began and I knew exactly what I was in for. Director Ti West has created a horror film that is firmly rooted back in the 80s. He seems to have aimed to recreate the magic of the horror genre from that era and for me he has succeeded. I somehow felt the nostalgia oozing through the film for an era I wasn't even alive for.
I find that in horror films the tease is almost always more thrilling than…
When I review too much, I can feel the pages of my internal thesaurus crumble to dust by the dozen. I worked (still do sort of) for a review website from 2008-2010, but it became too much and my writing suffered. From 2010-2014, I have only completed two for said site. Woops... Still, I'll try. Forgive me if they're not everything you were hoping for based on my previous.
The House of the Devil is a very slow burning Ti West love letter film to late 70s/early 80s horror. Much effort has gone into recreating the look and feel from those years, though it's clearly only successful in moments. I personally could never mistake this entire film for something from…
Nunca había visto una película de Ti West pero por lo que he leído en sus películas utiliza mucho la manera de contar las historias de la forma en que lo hizo aquí.
Hacía mucho que no veía una película que se preocupara tanto por hacer que te conectes con el personaje, pienso que ese es su mayor atributo.
A la película le falta MUCHO terror pero lo que la hace efectiva, también, es la tensión que se genera en los primeros dos actos para mandar todo a la chingada en el tercer acto. Se me hace que este fin de semana me aviento un maratón con todas las películas de este director, espero y estén tan chidas como The House of the Devil.
It's a film which seems to be a straight relic of 60s and 70s horror cinema with its overarching style, visuals and nuances. It's just a shame that the film slow-burns to an ineffective payoff. Since The House Of The Devil however, Ti West has established himself as one of the most reliable names in modern horror.
An attempt at recreating the horror films of the 1980s, The House of the Devil succeeds im craft, feel, and convention. While the twists are easily spotted and the narrative is derivative, there is something effective about the film's slow burn and crafting of a sympathetic central character that struck my fancy.
I loved this! The feel of an 80's horror film was captured so well. The slow build up was perfect and really succeeded in putting me on edge. Damn good film.
Rosemary's Baby meets The Shining.
Slow in all the best ways.
A final act that is genuinely terrifying and one that is earned because of the well-crafted, deliberately paced first and second act.
A score that isn't just used to scare but also to set the wonderfully eerie mood.
I think an 80s horror marathon is in order.
The House of The Devil is about a women currently enrolled in college who is looking for some extra cash so she can move out of her dorm. She luckily finds an ad for a babysitter and calls the number looking for some quick cash.
As I've seen before in my least favorite segment in V/H/S, "Second Honeymoon", Ti West loves to really drag on a story. For me unfortunately, there was some kind of glitch with Plex's player so I thought the movie was 134 minutes long. So during the final scene when the credits came I felt like there could of been way more to the movie but it might just be a me thing. It took forever…
The House of the Devil reminds me of watching scary movies as a kid and how fun that was. Ti West does a masterful job of recreating the look and tone of the greatest low budget horror films from the late 70's and early 80's. The intentionally grainy and saturated color palette is the key component in delivering the well-crafted suspense and a creepy feeling of isolation. In fact, I cannot recall any recent films of the genre that come close to this level of careful refinement and understanding. The opening credits sequence alone is worth the price of admission.
Really surprised by this film, I absolutely hated Ti West's entry in VHS. It was boring and lazy.
Here however, he shows a real talent for recreating a film from another era. House of the Devil is like a lost horror film from the 70's, it's shot, paced and edited wonderfully and really feels like it belongs to that era rather than feeling like a tribute or parody of 70's horror films.
The pacing for me is the best thing about the film, the whole films plays with the audiences patience and the tension that comes from waiting for the bad things to start happening. With that in mind it's and hour and 20 minutes into the film before the…
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