I like this film because it gives me the full 80s vibe. I feel like I'm living in the 80s tbh. Slow-paced film, nothing happened until the last 20 or 15 minutes of the film. There were still some mysterious, hauntingly vibes in this film. Not really scary, but rather chilling.
"In this era of torture porn and slasher pics, HOTD is a shining example of how to build atmosphere and tension the old-fashioned way. ...It’s a slow burner that ... is so understated and authentic, you could pass it off as a lost horror film from the early Reagan years. Credit excellent subdued cinematography, subtle camera work, and the sweet ‘80s dance moves...." - Jen Yamato, Movies.com
(3.5 stars) A film that does a wonderful job of creating a mood and recreating an era, not only in time but in a film genre as well. That being said... there was just very little substance to what was going on. However, the film is still quite engaging. Just wish there was more that happened. It is surprisingly light on event/horror/action/everything... up until the last 20 minutes.
West is the master of slow burn horror, where character interaction and cameras that journey around the frame help build tension that is finally released in a bloody final act. I loved the tribute to early 80s, girl-in-peril horror, with the lead character an innocent puppy dog caught up with a mongrel crowd of Satanists. Even if the finale seemed a bit too clipped, the film captures the frothy spirit of those times.