The Roost (2004)
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Creatures of the night find new prey on the scariest night of the year in this horror story. It's Halloween night, and four friends -- Allison (Vanessa Horneff), Elliott (Wil Horneff), Trevor (Karl Jacob), and Brian (Sean Reid) -- are on a road trip en route to a friend's wedding when their car breaks down after running into something. Looking for help, the four happen upon the farmhouse of an elderly couple, Elvin (Richard Little) and May (Barbara Wilhide), which is located next to a huge barn.
Oct 21, 2005 Limited
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The director makes the most of the tense slow stretches, with the camera occasionally drifting off in search of action while characters wait in dreadful silence.
The Roost's pacing is so leaden that you long for a pregnant pause, instead of interminable nothingness.
West gets an enthusiastic round of applause for trusting his eye for stripped-down horror. Now he needs to complete the picture with writing that shows the same conviction.
The Roost is a minimalist horror movie with more ambition than resources.
The Roost, writer-director Ti West's homage to low-budget '70s horror movies, places a premium on tension while taking a fresh bite out of the old vampire-bat tale.
The Roost was made for about one-hundredth the cost of most Hollywood genre fare and has at least a thousand times the imagination.
...there's not much you haven't seen before; but the result is a first-rate run-through of horror tropes,
The cinematic equivalent of really slow, beyond deliberate, wish-it-was-over-with-already kick to the groin. Would've been stellar as a short though...seriously!
No-budget no-brainer...but West shows signs of real talent, even if he doesn't have the resources needed to put it to best use.
One thing you can say about this movie is that director Ti West knew his limitations and made the most out of the money he had to work with.
Ti West's affectionate homage to no-frills fright flicks keeps it simple and succeeds on its own stripped-down terms.
Anyone who says they don't make 'em like they used to just isn't looking hard enough.
...there are some very creative turns and things I honestly did not expect.
It's made by people who have a major love for the genre and generally anything that goes bump in the night.
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