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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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Ti West

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Ti West
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Cast

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Samantha grabs the pizza, she holds the box vertically. This would cause the pizza to "collapse" inside the box. However, when she opens the box, the pizza is flat. Also, it appears as though a piece of the pizza is missing. However, what appears to be a missing piece is actually a part of the pizza that had shifted and collapsed when she held the box up 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

Special Thanks: Goatse & Tubgirl See more »

Connections

Referenced in Oslo Fright Fest 2010 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Suspicion
Written by Graham Reznick
Performed by Grazer
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User Reviews

 
Tries to be 80s until it decides to be bad late 90s TV
9 November 2009 | by servicedevice-1See all my reviews

The knock on this movie is that it takes too long to get to the horror, but unless you are some easily pleased HorrorCon geek, you'll be glad they put it off. The majority of the film is build-up, and while there are some amateurish weaknesses in the execution (nevermind the many many questions raised by various plot points), it's more or less pretty good. But then the last 20 min is not only full on retarded, it's shot on HD as opposed to the rest of the film, thus completing the feeling that you just switched to some bad WB horror TV show that played at 2:00pm on Saturdays (complete with painfully familiar--and in this case completely random--horror makeup. I would say more, but I don't want to spoil your disappointment). The fact that it was shot in HD leads me to wonder if they went back and re-shot after deciding that the original ending was underwhelming. I for one would have rather seen something underwhelming than the rapid slide into frenzied mediocrity that ensues. By the way, apart from hairdos etc and the winking opening titles, there is nothing particularly 80s about the film itself. Set in 80s, yes, reminiscent of 80s films, not so much. (Except for the poster campaign. Awesome job on those.) Are people just drinking the publicity kool-aid? I don't know. For a film that truly channels pleasantly cruddy 80s horror movies, without even wearing pretensions to that on its sleeve (as this film does), check out 2004's Creep, with Franka Potente.


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