The House of the Devil (2009)
Critic Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.
Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she accepts a babysitting job even after she finds out there is no baby. Mr. and Mrs. Ulman are the older couple who lure Sam out to their creeky Victorian mansion deep in the woods, just in time for a total lunar eclipse. Megan is Sam's best friend, who gives her a ride out to the house, and reluctantly leaves her there despite suspecting that something is amiss. Victor at first seems like just a creepy guy lurking around the house, but quickly makes it clear that Sam will end this night in a bloody fight for her life. … More
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Critic Reviews for The House of the Devil
The film's nostalgic design is subtle enough not to dampen the seriously sinister atmospherics.
Made for those who have fond memories of low-key '70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere
West is going to do something outstanding someday, as soon as he figures out something to say.
The problem with it, and with House of the Devil, is that it's mostly pedestrian stuff leading to a pay off that's just not enough.
Sam's end is disturbing but also banal, even silly, but the end is not the point. The point is your anticipation.
Audience Reviews for The House of the Devil
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 takes a good time in the anticipation (maybe too long) to let apprehension and tension slowly settle in.
Oh I absolutely loved this movie. It's a brilliant throwback to the old days of horror where the most terrifying thing was what wasn't on screen, rather than what is on screen and splattered all over the place. It was made in 2009, but looks so genuinely authentic for when it takes place you would swear they shot it in the 70's. Even the titles and music match. I don't want to give anything away, but this film has many surprises in store and if you are a lover of horror films you have to watch it.
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