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From its synth-heavy opening song and freeze-frame-filled beginning credits, Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a loving, respectful ode to the horror films of the 1970s and '80s. But don’t expect to get a warm, fuzzy feeling from all that affection; The House of the Devil is a gory, eerie film that doesn’t follow the templates set up by recent remakes of period favorites such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, and My Bloody Valentine. Instead of repackaging a familiar tale for contemporary audiences, director Ti West’s film revisits the era in a surprisingly fresh and authentic way.
Bearing a striking resemblance to Suspiria-era Jessica Harper, newcomer Jocelin Donahue plays Sam, a New England college student desperate for rent money so she can escape her roommate from hell. When she sees ads for a babysitter around campus, she thinks she may have found her salvation. »
Seeing the devil-centric documentary Cropsey and the cult-friendly The House Of The Devil in the same day, I’m surprised a full eclipse didn’t occur over Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse, where the fifth annual Fantastic Fest is being housed. Normally, it would seem an unlikely choice to review two movies in the same breath, but it’s more than appropriate in this case.
Ever since Fangoria Radio had Cropsey filmmakers Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman as guests way back in May, I was interested in seeing the Staten Island-lensed documentary, in which the two local filmmakers return to investigate and shed some light on the mystery surrounding five missing children. They were said to have been abducted by real-life bogeyman Andre Rand, and speculation about their fates developed into an urban legend about a man named Cropsey who would kidnap kids. Brancaccio and Zeman grew up only a few miles apart, »
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SXSW is one of my favorite festivals of the year as it showcases some of the best and most innovative real independent films, and with this host of world premiers, it's also playing alot of Sundance material as well as genre fare from all over the world, many of which we've covered heavily in these pages.
I think you get the point that lots of great looking film will be playing. I'll leave a bit of the exploration to you..
Lineup after the break.
Narrative Features Competition
Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to craft the greatest »
3 items from 2009
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