The House of the Devil

The House of the Devil

The House of the Devil

2009. Directed by Ti West.

Ti West is a director that is constantly improving himself with each entry and House of the Devil is a shining example of his evolution as a film maker.

Steeped in the 70's Satanic Cult paranoia wave, House of the Devil is a familiar premise. A girl takes a babysitting gig at an old house and things quickly go awry.

What makes this film work is that it doesn't try to be larger than it is. Most of the action involves the heroine, Samantha, played with perfect vintage style by Jocelin Donahue. She wanders through the house of horrors with naivete that slowly turns to terror as she begins to see the pieces on the board.

The great Tom Noonan lends his weight as the cult leader and he chews up the scenery with malignancy that you can't help but respect,

Eliott Rockett's cinematography is powerful throughout the film. It manages to grasp the almost Giallo qualities of the action while grounding them in the foundation of the film's accursed abode.

Featuring a shocking climax that ends on an all too perfect note, House of the Devil is a true marvel for modern horror fare. It is strictly a film that aims to give credit to the masterpieces of old, films that propelled horror into the guilty pleasure of the masses.

While it may not offer anything different, it is very creative in the way it builds the story and delivers genuine shocks along it's bloody sojourn to a hell-fired oblivion conclusion.

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