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The House of the Devil -- In the 1980s, 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.
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The House of the Devil -- Set in the 1980's and based on actual events. The story follows Samantha Hughes, a down-on-her-luck college student who takes an anonymous babysitting job in hopes of making some extra income. After a series of bizarre events she soon discovers that

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Ti West (written by)
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Release Date:
4 May 2012 (Taiwan) See more »
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Talk on the phone. Finish your homework. Watch T.V. DIE! See more »
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jocelin Donahue ... Samantha

Tom Noonan ... Mr. Ulman

Mary Woronov ... Mrs. Ulman

Greta Gerwig ... Megan

AJ Bowen ... Victor Ulman

Dee Wallace ... Landlady
Heather Robb ... Roommate
Darryl Nau ... Random Guy

Brenda Cooney ... Nurse
Danielle Noe ... Mother

Mary B. McCann ... Elaine Cross (as Mary McCann)

John Speredakos ... Ted Stephen

Lena Dunham ... 911 Operator (voice)
Graham Reznick ... Local DJ (voice)

Ti West ... Favorite Teacher
Archie Van Beuren ... Dead Child
Nicholas Bienstock ... Dead Husband

Andrea Verdura ... Dead Wife

Kamen Velkovsky ... Demon
William M. Bradley ... Blue Demon
William Albino ... Background Talent
Paul Hychko ... Background Talent
James Sadowski ... Background Talent
Ashley St. John-Yantz ... Background Talent (as Ashley St. John)

Karl Theo ... Background Talent
Helen Jacobs ... Background Talent
Robert Smolley ... Background Talent

Jacob Jaffke ... Background Talent
Chris Smolley ... Background Talent
Christina Sciongay ... Background Talent
Laura Nevard ... Background Talent
Michael Hutter ... Background Talent
Amanda Grenier ... Background Talent
Jeff Feldman ... Background Talent
Ronald L. Chasse ... Background Talent
Michael Vincent ... Background Talent
Alyssa Rocap ... Background Talent
Jenna Racine ... Background Talent
Brendan Rocap ... Background Talent
Joseph Lafrance ... Background Talent
Frantz Menand ... Background Talent
Gary Won ... Background Talent
Joshua Austin ... Background Talent
Paul Clough ... Background Talent
Chance Nannassy ... Background Talent
Ashley Randall ... Background Talent
Sal Perugini ... Background Talent
Nick Kreonides ... Background Talent
Deborah Gabriele-Wolff ... Background Talent
Kristie Leigh Palmer ... Background Talent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emily LaRose ... Background Talent

Directed by
Ti West 
 
Writing credits
Ti West (written by)

Produced by
Badie Ali .... executive producer
Hamza Ali .... executive producer
Malik B. Ali .... executive producer
Josh Braun .... producer
Derek Curl .... co-producer
Larry Fessenden .... producer
Roger Kass .... producer
Greg Newman .... executive producer
Peter Phok .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
 
Cinematography by
Eliot Rockett 
 
Film Editing by
Ti West 
 
Casting by
Lisa Fields 
 
Production Design by
Jade Healy 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Trujillo 
 
Costume Design by
Robin Fitzgerald 
 
Makeup Department
Ozzy Alvarez .... special makeup effects department head
Kelly Golden .... sculptor/painter
Brenda Bush Johannesen .... assistant hair stylist (as Brenda Bush)
Brenda Bush Johannesen .... assistant makeup artist (as Brenda Bush)
Danielle Noe .... hair stylist
Danielle Noe .... makeup artist
Danielle Noe .... special effects makeup assistant
Brett Stern .... model maker and painter
 
Production Management
Jacob Jaffke .... production manager
Brent Kunkle .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zeke Dunn .... first assistant director
Graham Reznick .... second unit director
Kamen Velkovsky .... second assistant director
Melinda Ziyadat .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Dennis Franklin .... set dresser
Tim Linden .... property master
Travis Moonschein .... scenic
David Powers .... scenic
Chris Trujillo .... leadman
Elisha Zeitler .... scenic
 
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Tom Efinger .... re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... supervising sound editor
Eric Gitelson .... foley editor
Eric Gitelson .... foley engineer
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Amanda Jacques .... boom operator
John Moros .... dialogue editor
Josh Neal .... additional sound mixer
Graham Reznick .... sound designer
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Christian Beckman .... makeup effects producer: Quantum Creation FX
 
Visual Effects by
John C. Loughlin .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Asa Liebmann .... stunts
Tracey Ruggiero .... stunt double: Ms. Donahue
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gordon Arkenberg .... first assistant camera
Rebecca Arndt .... assistant camera
Nathaniel Bates .... additional electric
Mike Castro .... additional rigger
Jason De Jesus .... additional rigger
Rudy Diaz .... additional rigger
Bill Dixon .... dolly grip
Michael Drucker .... first assistant camera
David Dutkus .... additional grip
Christopher M. Elassad .... additional rigger (as Christopher Elassad)
Kevin Gallagher .... additional rigger
Bart Grieb .... gaffer
Erik Guldbech .... electric
Brian Harnick .... additional rigger
Matthew Kerr .... additional rigger
Benjamin Kitchens .... rigging electric
Bryan Landes .... additional grip
Seán Linehan .... rigging best electric (as Sean Linehan)
Daniel Luebke .... additional electric
Tom Mone .... additional grip
Rick Morrison .... additional rigger
Arttist Mouthapong .... additional electric (as Artist Mouthapong)
Megan Nole .... grip
Joseph Olandese .... additional electric
Robbin Park .... additional grip
Meno Payne .... additional rigger
Aaron Randall .... additional rigger
Jeremy Rodriguez .... best boy grip
Ethan Rosenduft .... key rigging grip (as Ethan Rosenduft)
Ramses A. Santos .... additional rigger (as Ramses Santos)
Jason Sarrey .... rigging best grip
Nate Slevin .... film loader
Elizabeth Stern .... additional electric
Michelle Sun .... second assistant camera
Travis Tips .... additional rigger
Brooks Toran .... best boy electric
Brooks Toran .... rigging gaffer
Christopher Vidaic .... key grip (as Chris Vidiac)
Andrew Wheeler .... additional rigger
Ethan Wilhelm .... additional rigger
 
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
Emily Marchand .... casting assistant
Jonathan J. Nelson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jayme Bohn .... wardrobe assistant
Lisa Hennessy .... wardrobe supervisor
Kristie Leigh Palmer .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
David Gauff .... digital intermediate editor
John Vladic .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Justin Benson .... location assistant
William M. Bradley .... location assistant (as William Bradley)
Jackie Eaton .... location scout
Christopher Menges .... location manager
Linda Peckel .... location scout
 
Music Department
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer
Tom Chiu .... musician: violin
Dave Eggar .... musician: cello
Jeff Grace .... orchestrator
Neal Jonas .... musician
Lisa Klein Moberly .... music supervisor
Graham Reznick .... composer: additional music
Theresa Solomon .... musican: violin
Joshua Tidsbury .... music mixer
Joshua Tidsbury .... score mixer
 
Other crew
Scott Amundson .... additional production assistant
James Anderson .... additional production assistant
Max Bond .... set production assistant
William M. Bradley .... production assistant (as William Bradley)
Dustin Bricker .... script supervisor
Dan Bruun .... additional production assistant
Omar Nieve Capra .... additional production assistant (as Omar Hernandez)
Mike Cassidy .... additional production assistant
Scott Ennis .... creative marketing
Josh Farish .... production assistant
Rashad Frett .... set production assistant
Scott Friedman .... production assistant
Markus Goetze .... production accountant
Derek Gordon .... additional production assistant
Todd Jambon .... additional production assistant
Michael Kania .... additional production assistant
Keith Marlin .... key production assistant
Nicole Mikuzis .... executive liaison
Franz Pena .... production assistant
A.V. Perkins .... production assistant
Nicole Real .... assistant: Mr. Phok
Jack Russell .... set medic
Robert L. Seigel .... legal services
Kevin R. Shields .... production coordinator (as Kevin Shields)
Robert Valletri .... set security
Michael Vincent .... office assistant: Glass Eye Films
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Lisa Wisely .... business affairs: Glass Eye Pix
Anthony Woods .... additional production assistant
 
Thanks
Steven Alvarado .... special thanks
Marcella Andre .... special thanks
Mike Armstrong .... special thanks
John Carchietta .... special thanks
Stephen Clark .... special thanks
Matt Dentler .... special thanks
Thomas Dolby .... special thanks
Lena Dunham .... special thanks
Mark Duplass .... special thanks
Charles Fussell .... special thanks
Brice Gaeta .... special thanks
Harry Geller .... special thanks
Jacob Gentry .... special thanks
Goatse & Tubgirl .... special thanks
The Grace Family .... special thanks
Tim Grimes .... special thanks
Megan Henning .... special thanks
Heather Holly .... special thanks
Carlton James .... special thanks
Jem Jender .... special thanks
E.L. Katz .... special thanks (as Evan Katz)
John Long .... special thanks
David Lowry .... special thanks
The Marinescu Family .... special thanks
Glenn McQuaid .... special thanks
Martha Miller .... special thanks
Bill Moseley .... special thanks
Darryl Nau .... special thanks
Tipper Newton .... special thanks
TJ Nordaker .... special thanks
John Norris .... special thanks
J.T. Petty .... special thanks
John Pierce .... special thanks
Sean Reid .... special thanks
Padraig Reynolds .... special thanks
Nathan Ross .... special thanks
Lawren Sample .... special thanks
Erik Schietinger .... special thanks
Marc Senter .... special thanks
Laurie Simmons .... special thanks
Joe Swanberg .... special thanks
Joel Turtle .... special thanks
Donald West .... special thanks
Noreen West .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some bloody violence
Runtime:
95 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:13+ | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) (self applied) | Germany:16 | Ireland:16 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #45576)

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Trivia:
Most of the crew were locally sourced from Connecticut where the film was shot to help keep the costs down to under a million dollars.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Samantha and Megan are first driving to the house for the babysitting job, they drive down a single lane road with no stops. Megan stares almost continuously at Samantha and talks, yet the car never shifts to the right or left whatsoever. A closer look at the wheel reveals that it is completely stationary.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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Soundtrack:
A Cheat's a CheatSee more »

FAQ

What's the song on her Walkman?
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124 out of 198 people found the following review useful.
Like a Lost Horror Classic from 1982, 27 July 2009
Author: Llakor from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

If the producers of this film were smart, they would deny that Ti West wrote and directed this film and claim that it was a lost film of the early eighties that they found in a drawer at Paramount. Say a lost Tobe Hooper film that Tobe did right before doing Poltergeist. Something that Steven Spielberg bought to keep from competing with Poltergeist and shoved in a drawer somewhere.

Because it's that good. The House of the Devil feels like it should have been released back in 1982, from the feathered hair of the leads, to the Walkman, to the music and sound, to the slow build of the suspense, to the vintage titles. It is even a mash-up of the late seventies obsessions with baby-sitters in peril (When a Stranger Calls) and satanism in the suburbs (The Omen). Most importantly, it has all the slow-burn intensity of the great horror films of that period.

The baby-sitter in peril is Samantha (Jocelin Donahue). A college student, she is doing baby-sitting gigs because she needs money for a new apartment and desperately wants to get out of her dorm. Her roommate is a sex-addict and a slob and Samantha as a neat-freak germaphobe finds both behaviours repulsive. The job that Samantha ends up taking, on the night of a full lunar eclipse, is obviously (cue Admiral Ackbar) a trap, more obvious to the audience than to Samantha because we know that the name of the film is The House of the Devil, because her employer is Tom Noonan, the original Red Dragon from Michael Mann's Manhunter and because Samantha is too self-absorbed to notice that she is in danger.

There is a danger to read too much into it, but there is a very real sense that this film is pitched perfectly at the divide between the sex and drugs disco party lifestyle of the Seventies and the money-obsessed, self-absorbed Eighties.

There is even a sense in which the film (with the benefit of filmmaker hindsight) acts as a horror metaphor explaining how the drugs and sex excesses of the Seventies led to the health catastrophes of the Eighties, especially AIDS. Samantha may not know exactly why she is a germaphobe, nor why she is so freaked out by the house she is sitting at, but her anxieties are well-placed.

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? -William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming

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