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,…
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…
I didn't like the movie but holy shit I would never think this is shot in 2009
Listen Ti buddy I get that you wanna build tension and everything but this was truly pushing it. Cool ending though.
Highly enjoyed this film. The mix of slasher and demonic possession worked well for me, even if I am not the biggest demonic possession fan but I do love slashers.
Ok let me make something perfectly clear to you blindsided idiots. JUST because a movie,film,motion picture captures the feeling of an era very well, which I'm not denying it doesn't, that's why it has half a star. But that doesn't automatically give it a magical pass. It's basically an hour and a half of a woman, teenage girl, walking around a house. Idiots.
"Talk on the Phone. Finish Your Homework. Watch TV. Die."- Tagline.
An pretty poor movie that is really slow to get going (at least the first 45 minutes has nothing happening!) but gets a little better, if predictable, at the end.
The walkman playing while sam dances through the house has got to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen. House of the devil wasn't scary so much as a really tense and uneasy mystery. Sam is a college student who accepts a babysitting job for a man in an eerie house, but when Sam finds out there is no baby it just gets stranger from there. The performances by Mr. Ulman captures this perfectly as immediately something just feels off and his interactions with Sam accentuate the atmosphere of this film perfectly. I also really enjoyed the music and grainy look to the movie, the constant zooming in and camera placements made me feel like i was…
excellent 70s/80s-styled homage to both American and Italian horror. the complaints about the latter half of the film are lost on me -- the 2nd half is very visually striking and visceral (think Suspiria). also liked the performances a lot, the casting mixes typical horror roles (the paranoid teenager, the evil old woman) with more realistic and nuanced performances from Gerwig and Noonan. pleasantly surprised
50 minutes of it were really great! Nothing happened in the other 45. It would have made an incredible short film.
Great building of tension in the first half. But falls to pieces in the second.
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
Fictional cults and sects on film, however thinly veiled.
Preferably no demonic takeovers, although it can't always be avoided.