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 House of the Deviled Eggs
esta película me dio mucho miedo y me pareció brillante, legítimamente brillante. y greta gerwig!
bonus: la voz de la operadora del 911 es lena dunham!
Now That's What I Call Horror!
The House of the Devil
2009. Directed by Ti West.
Ti West is a director that is constantly improving himself with each entry and House of the Devil is a shining example of his evolution as a film maker.
Steeped in the 70's Satanic Cult paranoia wave, House of the Devil is a familiar premise. A girl takes a babysitting gig at an old house and things quickly go awry.
What makes this film work is that it doesn't try to be larger than it is. Most of the action involves the heroine, Samantha, played with perfect vintage style by Jocelin Donahue. She wanders through the house of horrors with naivete that slowly turns to terror as she begins to…
Didn't enjoy this.
Good, solid pacing. Muddled plot, but sort of works to its benefit. Great acting all around.
A movie set in the golden age of slashers with according cinematic style. What can go wrong?
Many things it seems. Where I sometimes find a slow plot rewarding, here it is just pointless. You literally watch the main character looking at normal rooms for >50% of the movie.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie... It had me hooked from the beginning. I was astonished by the attention to detail, and how well the director sold the 70s vibe. You can tell he really 'gets' how movies were made back then. I was glued to the screen... until the end. The movie had been so subtle and well-paced up until that point. Even the part with the Satanic circle and the old lady wasn't that bad. But everything that came after that... It just felt completely out of place and disjointed. It lost me.
the last 30 minutes had me SHOOK and also this is why i live for horror films
p.s. poor greta gerwig never got to finish her cigarette rip
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…