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The House of the Devil (2009)

R | | Horror | 4 May 2012 (Taiwan)
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During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret.

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During a night of 1983 with full lunar eclipse, Samantha Hughes takes a babysitting job surrounded by mysterious circumstances before she finds out her client's terrifying secret.

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Talk on the phone. Finish your homework. Watch T.V. DIE! See more »

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Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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4 May 2012 (Taiwan)  »

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A Casa do Demônio  »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

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$25,195 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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$100,659 (USA) (25 December 2009)
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Deliberately shot in the same kind of style and using similar techniques as the splatter films of the 70s and the 80s which it emulates. See more »

Goofs

When Samantha is holding the knife near the bottom of the stairs, she says, "Mrs. Ulman?" referring to Mr. Ulman's mother-in-law. Her last name would most likely not be the same as her son-in-law's last name. See more »

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Landlady: I can tell you like it.
Samantha: Oh, I love it. It's perfect.
Landlady: Well, great. It's such a neat place. You know, I showed it to another girl this morning, but to be honest I did like her very much. She looked like trouble, and I'm way too old to be dealing with all that nonsense. I go a lot on my gut feelings, and I have a good one about you. You remind me of my daughter.
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One Thing Leads to Another
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Lunar eclipse leaves babysitter in the dark until it's perhaps too late.
5 January 2010 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The babysitter in peril has long been a staple of the horror movie genre. And it still works well, in the right hands. Writer/director Ti West here proves that his hands are good enough to fashion a decent yarn from such an oft-used premise.

Jocelin Donahue plays Samantha, a financially embarrassed student who ends up taking a babysitting job from the mysterious Mr. Ulman (played by the great Tom Noonan). The pay is phenomenal and it seems too good to be true. Which, of course, it is.

Capturing the feel and style of the 80s and 80s movies, this movie joins a host of others that seem to want to give modern horror fans that warm, joyful glow they all used to feel when viewing a favourite videotape back in the decade that many see as the halcyon days of horror flicks. Thankfully, that's not all this film is about although it must be said that the detail and maintaining of the whole 80s vibe is quite superb.

The acting is great throughout (and genre fans will also enjoy a cameo from Dee Wallace here), from newcomers and old-timers alike, and the story unfolds at a leisurely pace that spaces out a few chills and shocks but that doesn't ever seem too slow in relation to the minor moments that become part of the bigger picture.

There are some clichés here and there, and it's not strikingly original in any way, but I think that somehow this amounts to more than simply the sum of its parts. Fans of the 80s should love it, as should those seeking something a little bit different from the likes of every other 3D horror or even Saw 15, etc.

See this if you like: Babysitter Wanted, The Devil Rides Out, House Of 1000 Corpses.


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