Movies that are slightly off.
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…
The way the plot unfolds is masterful, I haven't seen a horror movie from the 2000's that has such a rewarding ending as this. I am slightly saddened by how little screen-time Greta Gerwig has.
Pretty decent movie. I still can't believe this was filmed in 2009. Captured the look and feel of 70s/80s movies perfectly.
There were some elements to this that I really liked but it just didn't do much for me in the long run. The parts that were really creepy and gory were good, but it was such a long build up and not enough happening.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Esta película se toma demasiado tiempo para llegar a mostrar 'algo', en concreto hora y cuarto; puede que por un rato este bien crear esa atmósfera típica de 'casa abandonada en el bosque' combinada con la angustia y posible demencia de la protagonista, pero llega ha hacerse muy largo (por lo menos a mi se me ha hecho una eternidad). Los últimos veinte minutos son lo que vale la pena de esta película. Odio los finales abiertos, tanto rollo para que ella al final sobreviva, ¿Y ahora que?.
Contemporary possession horrors and ghost stories are usually lambasted for being too 'predictable'. Try this one on for size: THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL begins by telling the audience exactly what's going to happen at the end. From there, it zones in on the rules and rituals of the possession flick, and spends a considerable amount of time ramping up the atmosphere simply because it wants to. It's less interested in its finale - as with director Ti West's followup THE INNKEEPERS - and more on how it gets to that point, and I'm perfectly fine with that. What's also cool is that it came out before James Wan's INSIDIOUS and CONJURING films, and it does the whole creepy-wide-angle-shot-in-a-massive-old-house thing…
It's cool to see a period film that apes the style of the time without going overboard into satire, pastiche, parody and that. Just wish a bit more bloody happened.
You could say this movie is newer, but you would never know from watching it. They did such a good job of making this movie look retro that you could swear it was made in the 70's. And you would be wrong! Classic style Satanic worship and sacrifice are in order here. The main actress gets pulled into this depraved world and from there the movie only gets darker and darker. It shows how far Satanic cults would go with their beliefs. The movie oozes creepiness at every turn. They don't make movies like this anymore, except for this one!
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