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.
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The film's nostalgic design is subtle enough not to dampen the seriously sinister atmospherics.
In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.
West, a rising young director of minor cult pleasures, comes clean here about his love for all things Bava (Mario) and Carpenter (John).
There's a payoff in The House of the Devil, if you have the patience. Some of the scenes seem draggy, but the characters are complex, and their motivations are explained.
Even the familiar tropes of The House of the Devil are familiar in the right way, like an old, bloodstained sweater.
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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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