Jocelin Donahue reminds me so much of Brooke Adams, it's uncanny. And I think that made me love this even more. But Donahue is terrific! Loved the 90's vibe, the soundtrack and the wardrobe... oh the wardrobe.
This is what modern horror should be! Amazing atmosphere and an incredibly tense build up to an incredibly intense ending! The style of this film is absolutely amazing and the ending is killer and truly fucked! This film really legitimately scared me and I swear I could have believed that it was made in the 80s. Such good tension!
Since the movie I just made is an 80's throwback film, I have a particular fondness for The House of the Devil. Ti West does a great job of unironically reproducing the cinematic tropes of classic 80's horror films. There are lots of awesome zooms and the movie takes its time, building a slow tension that is more rewarding than the fast-paced, ADD modern horror film. And I think that's the point. Worth the watch!
By making this, Ti West proves he is one of truly best horror auters. Slow-burn tension, bombastically featherd hairstyle, aflluently grainy darkness, sinister twist at ending. As 70's & 80's horror fun, I bow my head to West respectfully, wail out with waterfall tears, at the end blood splashes from holes in my whole body & I'm dead. P.S. it's very interesting that Greta Gerwig & Lena Dunham is in same film.
Rather than flirting with the throwback theme, this film completely immerses itself in it, and not only does it work, it perfectly understands 70's era horror cinema (most resembling Cronenberg's RABID).
"During the 1980's over 70% of American adults believed in the existence of abusive Satanic cults... Another 30% rationalized the lack of evidence due to government cover ups..." I'm not entirely sure what that last sentence means, but rather than attempt to parse it, I will just scratch my head and say thank you to Ti West and company for putting together such a nice little piece of retromania.
Three stars and a half, actually. Nice flick and well done homage to horror movies of the past but I've seen too many of them to be really impressed by this one. I appreciated the atmosphere and the slow paced rhythm, the story is really straightforwarded and almost nothing happens for 3/4 of the movie. Anyway, The House of the Devil is worth to be seen.