The House Of The Devil Review

The House Of The Devil (2009)

Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov
Directed by: Ti West

After doing the review of Silent Night, Deadly Night, I seem to still have a bit of a taste for the 80's, so today's horror is a modern movie set in that era. We're looking at the creep fest known as The House Of The Devil, a film set during the Satanist cult scare of the 70's and 80's.

The House Of The Devil is based on the alleged "true story" of a young woman, Samantha Hughes, who takes an odd babysitting job, only to later realize she is to be used in a satanic ritual.

This is by far one of my favorite disturbing movies, next to A Serbian Film and Sick Girl that is. This is another plot-driven film that mostly doles out its punches in mystery charged chunks, saving the majority of the shocks for the ending. There is no disappointment making it through this film. Even while somewhat slow at first, The House Of The Devil delivers a product that is overall suspenseful and gory.

I feel the best way to describe the characters in this film is "genuine". I felt like I was legitimately taken back to the 80's and thrown into the thick of things. The older couple that hire Samantha are by far the most creepy, charismatic people I've seen on film in a long time. Even without knowing the synopsis, you know something serious is up when Mr. Ulman (played by Tom Noonan) speaks, beckoning Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) to stay for the job.

Throughout the movie, there is an air of creepy in just about every scene. There's nothing but "ominous" written about the location and the actions of all the Ulmans. It really kicks into high gear creepy after Samantha's friend, Megan (Greta Gerwig) drops her off and goes to leave. I won't spoil the scene, but it really sets the pace and severity of the story in that one moment. The special effects are all practical and fantastically done. This scene only gives a taste of what is to come later, since as I said, the majority of the shock value is saved for the end.

I don't know if this would necessarily be considered a "period piece", but this is one of my personal favorites and I would definitely suggest this film for anyone into 80's suspense horror as well as anyone looking for a movie with a great story. Torture porn fans may be disappointed.




Special Effects

Overall Rating: Down To The Bone

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