REVISITING ONE OF THE BEST HORROR FILMS OF THE DECADE.
Ti West’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL stunned us when it first came out ten years ago, not only in terms of its scares (it has plenty) but also in terms of its brilliant execution. It's a slow-burning occult shocker, plotted with an emphasis on suspense and shot to re-create the glory days of ‘80s horror. But where some throwback films can feel phony and self-parodying, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL works on its own terms. Its style feels purposeful and enhances the mood, rather than adding a thin nostalgic veneer. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.
College student Samantha (Jocelin Donahue, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2) ventures to the home of an odd couple played by cult favorites Tom Noonan (MANHUNTER) and Mary Woronov (EATING RAOUL). It's supposed to be a simple babysitting job, but Samantha soon discovers that her employers have ulterior motives.
With its stellar cast, including the wonderful Greta Gerwig before she went on to become an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, and its masterful direction from Ti West, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is a delightful tribute to the eerie, gritty stylings of '80s fright features that stands on its own as a modern classic.