The House of the Devil

The House of the Devil ★★★

Hoop-Tober 2022 Entry #5

After my positive experience with X, I decided to travel back to the beginning and take another look at THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, West’s first feature from 2009. I probably hadn’t see the film since about that time, and although the years have certainly been kinder, my initial criticisms are still there. The movie certainly captures the look, feel, and slow burn of the late 70s/early 80s horror, but that slow burn is a bit too slow, treading so softly the first hour and 10 minutes are a bit of a chore, making the abrupt change in the last 15-20 minutes a little too jarring and disconnected from the what came before. But you can already see West’s chops, and his strong clear voice when it comes to framing and editing so early in his career.

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