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Writer director Ti Wests crisp, economical, satisfying little horror pic reclaims the pleasures of the kind of old school formula that the jokey Screa ..
Hes an admirer of classic horror films and understands that if theres anything scarier than haunted house, its a possibly haunted house.
Unlike the miscalculation of Grindhouse, Wests movie relies less on homage than on narrative refinement.
And even if we might titter at our heroines high waisted stonewash jeans and orange, sponge eared headphones propped over a Farrah Fawcett do, the fil ..
In todays ironic age, a movie like The House of the Devil that wears its homages proudly%u2014and wears them this well%u2014is something to be celebra ..
Yet another of this years homage facsimiles, The House of the Devil forgoes campy self awareness in favor of reverential faithfulness and in doing so, ..
Wests new film is a welcome, nerve rattling anomaly in a year okay, decade in which effects heavy/terror lite remakes of a veritable Pandoras box of S ..
The House of the Devil isnt just a movie: its an experience. It joins the league of Rosemarys Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen as one of the most diabo ..
It may not completely succeed as a horror film, though I would take its deliberately funky and low key vibe over the hard sell nonsense of Paranormal ..
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Both an authentically scary turn of the screw and a stunningly meticulous retro homage.
The Saw VI loving moviegoing crowd isnt going to have much use for The House of the Devil, a horror movie that rations its violence, torture or mayhem ..
Slow building dread rather than all out splat, House keeps you guessing which way the sneaky plot is going, all adding up to a satisfying shocker.
Mr. Ulman offers to pay Samantha a nice sum for just a few hours of her time but, naturally, theres a catch.
This isnt meant to be some half ass dance on the grave of some old films.
...there is one scene early on with Mr. A.J. Bowen that is as creepy as anything youre going to get this summer.
Gravely gorgeous in the style of a storybook Snow White, Donahue gives eloquent reaction shots and nails Wests pice de rsistance a bounding, Walkman s ..
What makes her performance beyond the typical horror heroine is that she does right what so many actors cast as horror antagonists get wrong: Samantha ..
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In keeping with his models, West is concerned with not suspense exactly but the ritual withholding and ultimate lavishing of bloody chaos.
We recognize the pizza delivery man and are not surprised when Sam discovers it doesnt taste very good.
Director Ti West has faithfully fashioned a throwback to classic occult horror films of the 70s and 80s.
Either way, this is terrific work, cold and gripping and very devilish indeed.
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...theres simply never a point at which the almost distractingly uneventful narrative becomes as compelling as one mightve hoped.
The finale descends into predictable mayhem, but its the build up thatll haunt you.
Sams end is disturbing but also banal, even silly, but the end is not the point. The point is your anticipation.
Impressively directed with impeccable production design, this is a note perfect pastiche of a 1980s horror film thats both suspenseful and scary witho ..
The baby sitting job turns out not to be quite as advertised theres no baby.
Until then, those of us whove been here before will take great pleasure in Wests uncanny reanimation of a disreputable genre.
The main reasons to see this deliberately retro and derivative flick, which borrows freely from Satanic cult and babysitter from hell subgenres, are i ..
Imagine a bad Ken Loach film invaded by monsters from a George A. Romero movie thats run out of cash, and youve already visualised a movie better than ..
Unfortunately, the proceedings gyrate from absorbing to boring to yawn inducing.
In this era of torture porn and slasher pics, House of the Devil is a shining example of how to build atmosphere and tension the old fashioned way.
As much as the slow pacing, the out of time quality creates a sense of dislocation, that makes whats coming for her even more unpleasant.
Like Paranormal Activity and Let The Right One In, Ti Wests shocker favours old school tropes plot, character, suggestion and suspense over gorno extr ..
Wests assured way with widescreen framing, long takes and silences followed by sharp if explainable noise are almost cruelly funny in their heart stop ..
An unintended cousin to Scott Sanders lovingly executed Blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite, House of the Devil is a brilliantly entertaining work of ..
The finale has energy to spare, all of it leading up to a gloriously shocking coda that, while not new, seriously made my skin crawl.
A fine example of how a talented filmmaker can tackle a horror sub genre in a way thats stylistically reverential but also original in its own way.
Writer/director/editor Ti West isnt just another film school nerd/horror geek whos seen every slasher movie ever made and cant wait to homage it.
Ti West has been building a reputation among horror fans as an expert in the art of the slow burn, and more power to him for exhibiting something that ..
As Samantha restlessly passes the time, curiously checking rooms and flicking indifferently through television channels, the audiences awareness of wh ..
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Actually, Mr. Ulman is more than eccentric hes a bit creepy, albeit in a very polite and mannered way.
If you dont think thats going to turn out to be a bad idea well, reconsider the movies title.
Carefully, perfectly, beautifully built occult horror follows the roadmap of the early 70s and 80s Indie Screams with reverent precision and the occas ..
Could it have anything to do with .. Satan Like so many of the films it emulates, House of the Devil doesnt lurch into full on fright mode until quite ..
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The problem with it, and with House of the Devil, is that its mostly pedestrian stuff leading to a pay off thats just not enough.
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If you dont get a kick out of watching doomed babysitter Samantha put on that portable cassette player and dance around that creepy house to the strai ..
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The pay off is a little far fetched, but by then we have had our emotional workout.
Samantha senses something isnt quite right with this couple, but she also isnt about to turn down four hundred dollars for just a few hours work.
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The sudden climax is a gore drenched bonanza of Satanic delirium that seems to be making up for the calm that came before, if not spoofing the very id ..
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Thats the problem with this sort of homage: Unless youve got a startling new take, you wind up with a movie thats been done hundreds of times before, ..
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An old school vintage terror yarn that comprehends how horror rules when simmering to a slow boil percolating in its own solidly crafted narrative jui ..
While that doesnt generate the most riveting suspense piece of the year, it does deliver a hugely satisfying chiller thats effectively minimal and mar ..
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Start to add up after a while to a faintly unbearable level of dread.
Advertisement Though this movie is scary, I think its main charm isnt an ability to deliver shocks or suspense.
A master of the slow burn, West carefully creates an atmosphere of clammy dread through Noonan and Woronovs off kilter performances and dialogue, and ..
Although the last reel is a little disappointing, the twist ending is a scream.
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Whereas a wannabe grindhouse filmmaker like Robert Rodriguez can pump out an entertaining spoof such as Planet Terror, he cant quite pull off the shee ..
Less is more, and writer/director/editor Ti West knows it until he forgets near the end of this babysitter in peril nailbiter.
Unfortunately, homage isnt enough to add anything original to the proceedings.
Director West gets credit for delaying the mayhem to the last 20 minutes, but fails to evoke a necessary tension until then.
The film takes its time getting to the badness, but its never frustrating despite its terror penny pinching ways.
Slow, yet oddly spellbinding, horror film ... a living, breathing nostalgia piece oozing period authenticity
Laden with dread and executed with a musicians sense of timing, The House of the Devil is better than a substantial number of the films it resembles.
Not a bad venture into the girl meets devil genre but a few rock songs short of a hit.
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Sams so desperate to change dorms, shell take any old menial job to make the down payment even babysitting even when theres no actual infant.
Those of us who remember that strange and marvelous era when the grindhouse gave way to VHS pajama parties are apt to see a kindred spirit at work her ..
The House of the Devil takes itself and its cinematic heritage seriously, and is made better by this earnestness.
Made for those who have fond memories of low key 70s devil chillers that focused on mood and atmosphere
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There is a lot about The House of the Devil to admire but West ultimately likes the slow burn a bit too much and it fizzles out.
I disagreed with the Deadly Doll that this film doesnt solve its central mystery.
It favors tension over spectacle while delivering a palpable sense of helplessness.
The House of the Devil could have certainly turned out stronger with a shorter buildup and a more drawn out climax, but who am I to argue I havent bee ..
The House of the Devil is not only set in the early 80s, but director Ti West chose to shoot and structure the film in a way so as to make it feel lik ..
This pitch perfect genre throwback would be right at home among the creaky and weird supernatural thrillers of the 70s and 80s. (And yes, I mean that ..
This is scary in a way that unrelenting brutality could never be.
Everyone is clearly having a grand time, though, and its smarter and sharper than anyone could have reasonably expected.
With the suspense cranked so high, its almost inevitable that the bloody finale comes as a bit of a letdown.
But West isnt having a nostalgic laugh, plopping period trappings onscreen for their remember those days recall value.
If you love a nerve stretching build up to a seriously creepy payoff, youll want to see for yourself.
And thats the films strength rather than rushing into whats ultimately a sparse and somewhat predictable narrative, theres an inherent enjoyment of th ..
A virtual refutation of all of the conventions of contemporary horror that manages to be terrifying precisely because it refuses to give you that grat ..
What does it say about the current state of American horror film when the most acclaimed American indie in years has built its name by turning its bac ..
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