Monday, April 18, 2011

The House of the Devil (2009)

It’s the early 1980s and college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) needs money fast. Fortunately someone is looking for a babysitter...

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Modern “torture porn” films have bread us to expect unrelenting thrills from frame one to the end. As a result the films are one big flat line. They become a necklace of loud and gruesome showpieces that never really strike a chord. Real scares need to be earned and The House of the Devil absolutely earns them.

Nearly the entire film is build-up to the crazy climax. From the moment Samantha sets foot in that house you know something is off. Director Ti West builds an insane amount of tension. Little things become big scares. You really have no clue what to expect from one moment to he next. This is easily one of the creepiest movies you will ever see. And if you need bigger scares, be patient. Good things come to those who wait.

Currently this film is streamable on Netflix.

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