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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.
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…
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 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…
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No wonder the director had to use a gimmick for this movie, otherwise noone would give a shit about it. I thought, it had just started, i check the runtime and only half an hour was left. It left me wondering, hmm, how will they make me change my opinion of this movie, in 30 minutes? They didnt.
The scenes of nothing happening dragged on so long, that all the suspense was gone, and i was just bored, waiting for something to happen. Then BAM, shes pregnant with antichrist, how original is that?
Style and that stuff is good, but this had just enough material for a short movie.
I go hard on the movies that are rated highly, so i would say this is actually like 3,5/5.
Ti West obviously knows the genre inside out, as he emulates the style and feel of those horror movies of the '80s with admirable skill (including the zooms) and spends a good time in the anticipation (maybe too long) to let apprehension and tension slowly settle in.
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this plays out like a really good goosebumps book
"Talk to me lord. Talk to me"
An 80's horror throwback that feels authentic. Grainy 16mm film, freeze-frames, zooms instead of dollies, "the following is based on true events..." intro. Using the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980's as a backdrop, Ti West crafts a masterful, slow-burn suspense story. A genuine love letter to one of the greatest eras of horror.
A dark, hypnotic and haunting ride.
The House of the Devil is an atmospheric film about power and how it's exerted over people. The direction here is sleek and assured, the 80's homages and general 'retro' style add to the film rather than feeling reductive or tacked on, and the final act ratchets up the tension immensely, providing a deeply unsettling and creepy conclusion to an already uncomfortable experience.
Super, super good. Tries to be old and pulls it off.
Really if you can make it through an hour of slow af exposition, it's one of the scariest and most wild horror movies I've ever seen plus it's 80s so how can you go wrong
The build up is slow but honestly??? It's worth it. The biggest wig reveal at the end.
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