House of the Devil

Directed by: Ti West


A simple babysitting job in a sinister house leads to a night of terror in this clever homage to ‘80s horror films. Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) is a college student in a small town desperate to find a way to pay for her first month’s rent, and her friend Megan (Greta Gerwig) agrees to drive her to her gig. The employer turns out to be an incredible creepy couple (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) who reveal that the job is a little different than advertised. Rather than relying on violence and gore, writer/director Ti West uses well placed details and darkening atmosphere to build suspense by degrees until it becomes nearly unbearable. Horror fans have much to celebrate here, including a nice turn by Dee Wallace (The Howling) and a sense of pace and style reminiscent of Polanski and Hitchcock. (2009, 95 min.)

"Writer-director Ti West's crisp, economical, satisfying little horror pic reclaims the pleasures of the kind of old-school formula that the jokey Scream franchise deconstructed into satire. There's wit but never a wink in this smartly shot production."  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


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