Sunday, February 14, 2010

House of the Devil (2009)

Dir: Ti West
Dark Sky DVD

One of the better horror films I have seen that was made recently. I assume that it appealed to me because it was intended to look like it was made 30 years ago. It's modeled after the low budget and made-for-tv horror films of the late 70s/early 80s. The film stock is grainy, there's use of zoom lens, it opens with a rock/synth score, and everyone has feathered hair. This may sound like a joke but thankfully nothing is ever played for laughs and the film never delves into parody. It's most definitely a love letter to an age gone by that was replaced by overly edited, grimy, and ultimately boring, gore fests. This isn't to say the film is perfect, while I found it charming that not much happened in the first two thirds, I have to admit that certain scenes tended to drag. The villains are played by the awesome Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov, but I would have like to have seen them used differently in the movie's finale. It was an enjoyable one time view but nothing I would hurry back to. I am more intrigued by West as a filmmaker than most young directors right now though, and that's something.


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