The House Of The Devil

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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“During the 1980s, over 70% of American adults believed in the existence of abusive Satanic Cults. This film is based on true and unexplained events.”

Ok, so thats not really true…but it does give the film a little more mystique doesnt it? Written and directed by up and coming indie filmmaker Ti West, this movie was shot on a tiny budget and released straight to home video. It was envisioned by West as a throwback, vintage 80s style horror film. The fact that it is set in the 80s helps a little too. He sets a very different and specific tone that really captures the 80s spirit including a vintage soundtrack and vintage style zoom ins.

Lets dig in, shall we? Samantha is a broke college girl who just found the apartment of her dreams and the deal is almost too good to be true. The only problem? Shes a broke college student with no money for deposits. After seeing an add for a babysitter and setting up a meeting, the man never shows up. Back to square one I guess…wrong. The man gets more sketchy but eventually hires her and reveals that he was lying and sweetens the pot by quadrupling her pay. Despite her best friends protests, she agrees and things get really bad from there. To say the least, things never get happy.

In my humble opinion, in 20 years Ti West will be one of those directors that we look at like Craven, Carpenter, and Romero. Which is to say, a master of horror. He executes the vintage look and vibe expertly. This is a must see for any true horror fan. It will most likely make you never want to babysit again.




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