Friday, 24 April 2015

The House of the Devil

"The House of the Devil" (2009, Ti West, Constructovision, RingTheJig Entertainment, Glass Eye Pix,  MPI Media Group, Dark Sky Films) is a slasher film with elements of Satanic ritual and an exploitations feel to it.

Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) is in need of some quick cash to help pay for her new student digs. So she answers an advertisement for a babysitter. When she gets there, the job turns out to be rather different to what she expected, however, the money is too good to pass up.

She soon regrets her decision, however, when the big creepy house begins to freak her out, her pizza tastes suspiciously drugged and she wakes up in the middle of a satanic ritual. Not a top notch day by anyone's standards.

Samantha is fun character. She is a typical student, she's a clutz, she likes music and she has a fabulous survival instinct that involves planning, running, stabbing and generally not being useless (unheard of in the horror genre, mostly).

Scream queen Dee Wallace makes a cameo appearance as the landlady!

The film effectively captures the 80s era that it's targeting, keeps it clean and manages to effectively build dread and a good horror atmosphere.

I really enjoyed this one.

[Image: Glass Eye Pix, et al]

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