Available now on Netflix UK
Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a homage to those old eighties horror films back when “satanic panic” was in it’s prime, and this movie really plays on the idea. It’s a slow burn but stylistically it’s great and when we take the real turn into horror this movie really pays off. I would recommend this film to anyone, but I’d call it a must watch if you’re a fan of older horror films.
The House of the Devil has one of the goofiest openings for a horror movie made in the 00’s but it’s just so great. In fact it’s probably worth watching for the first ten minutes or so, Ti West has some powerful font going through the opening credits and the whole thing screams 80’s teen comedy. The film starts with Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) who needs money to escape her terrible roommate. Luckily (or unluckily, as it turns out) there’s a babysitting job going.
It’s never a good sign when you might be baby sitting for possibly the shadiest/ vaguest person in existence (Tom Noonan, who is so creepy that it’s just awesome). His wife (Mary Woronov) is just as eerie, and together they help build such a sense of unease that you just can’t wait for it all to unravel. In fact this movie builds it’s mood so well that you just know it’s going to be good.
It all goes down when the eclipse starts and this is really when the movie comes into its own. It’s creepy and scary and just enjoyable to watch. The ending leaves you satisfied in the only way this film can, with a shock followed by some more great font.