>> The House OF The Devil (2010)

Title: The House OF The Devil

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Starring: Jocelin Donahue

Director: Ti West

Studio: Dark Sky Films

Runtime: 95 minutes

Release Date: February 2, 2010

Format: DVD

Discs: 1

MPAA Rating: R

Rating: 2.60 (out of 4.00)

Grade: C+

Bonus Features

Deleted Scenes, Behind The Scenes, Trailer, Interviews, & Commentary

Samantha is on her way to being more dependent. She has found a small house to rent while attending college so she can get away from her loud, sex-crazed dorm mate. One problem is she has to come up with some money quick. Scouring the job boards on campus she comes across a babysitting job which seems perfect. Even though she has an odd feeling after being stood up for a meeting with her potential employers, Samantha needs money and ends up taking the job anyway. When the job doesn’t turn out to be quite what she was expecting Samantha is prepared to walk until she is offered even more money to pretty much sit and watch TV for a few hours. Left alone in the large dark house with the old woman she is suppose to keep an ear out for Samantha starts to notice odd things, hear strange noises she begins to feel paranoid; but nothing can prepare her for what is really going on.

I have to admit they did a damn good job at trying to recreate the whole 80’s slasher movie feel from the costumes, hairstyles, and even the grainy nature of the footage. But I feel that sets & costumes are not going to be enough to please fans of this genre.

More than half of the movie is building suspense. Small odd things that happen here & there with little jumps at noises to fill in the time. All the while I was thinking to myself “This is going to lead to something awesome. It just has to”. Sadly though what you get in return for sitting through all the small stuff does not feel worth it.

Sure there is all of a sudden gore, blood, and violence; but it comes so close to the end of the movie. You never really get a good look at the Satanist or their motives other than a few tiny generic things, and really let’s face it if you are going the Satanist angle that is where the true story of horror is. Had this been a little more even between the suspense and the full on horror I would have given it a much higher grade. The payoff though is just not strong enough for the time you put in.
 

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