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The House of the Devil (2009)

R | | Horror | 4 May 2012 (Taiwan)
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In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

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Heather Robb ...
Roommate
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Random Guy
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Nurse
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Mother
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Elaine Cross (as Mary McCann)
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Ted Stephen
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911 Operator (voice)
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Local DJ (voice)
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Storyline

In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

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Talk on the Phone. Finish Your Homework. Watch TV. Die. See more »

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Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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4 May 2012 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Demônio  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,195, 30 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$100,659, 27 December 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The titular house was infested with ladybugs, some of which can be seen in some of the shots. See more »

Goofs

The TV newscaster claims that the eclipse of the moon will become total around midnight and "that's when you'll actually be able to see the moon itself disappear." However, due to the refracting effects of earth's atmosphere, the moon does not "disappear" at all during an eclipse, even when completely in the earth's shadow, but only becomes orange/red. (An actual image of the moon in full eclipse is in fact shown - in several, quick flashes - later in the film.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

Samantha is shown lying down on a hospital bed over the closing credits. See more »

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Features Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)
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User Reviews

 
Lunar eclipse leaves babysitter in the dark until it's perhaps too late.
5 January 2010 | by 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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