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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.

Director:

Ti West

Writer:

Ti West
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Darryl Nau ... Random Guy
Brenda Cooney ... Nurse
Danielle Noe 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
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 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 didn't 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 »


Soundtracks

Muscle Hustle
Written by Seth Diamond, Ben Lebovitz and Graham Reznick
Performed by The Genetic Assassins
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A decent little throwback horror film
27 October 2009 | by Corpus_VileSee all my reviews

It is the late '70's/early '80's. Cash strapped babysitter Samantha Hughes agrees to take on a very well paid job by rather creepy home owner, Mr Ulman.(Tom Noonan.) As the Night Progresses however, Samantha comes to realize that Mr Ulman and his no less creepy wife(Mary Woronov) may very well have a sinister plan for her...

The House Of The Devil may very well divide audiences and fans, as it's a slow burning film, which takes its time to get to its payoff. However, I thought it was a fairly decent throwback horror film, that captures the feel of its setting perfectly. It's also got great performances from Noonan and Woronov as the sinister couple. It does indulge in one or two unlikely scenarios, but is overall a decent and solid effort from director Ti West.

Well worth a look for fans seeking something a bit more offbeat.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

House of the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Lakeville, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,195, 1 November 2009

Gross USA:

$101,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,215
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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