The Roost (2005)
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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.
Audience Reviews for The Roost
Incredibly low-budget but surprisingly entertaining. I sought this little guy out because of my love for Ti West and it is interesting to see some of his earliest work.
Sure the acting is terrible and it looks like it was shot on your average camcorder. But despite this, West still manages to create some decent scares and some good-old campy fun. His direction is sharp and really shines through in such a bare-bones production.
So if you are in the mood for some cheap-and I mean cheap-thrills, then this little gem may be worth checking out.
Quite possibly the ultimate amateur horror movie. While this has no stars, no budget and no elaborate story, the atmosphere created by Ti West is just amazing. This does what The Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity could never do, truly creep out the audience with just a little bit of music and skewed camera angles. The video deterioration and minimalist shots are really something to be admired. This really succeeded at being a nostalgia horror movie, but at the same time something truly unique.
Great concept. Bad movie.
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