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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 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 »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa do Demônio See more »

Filming Locations:

Lakeville, Connecticut, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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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Good, but uneven, throwback to 80's religious horror
8 April 2012 | by LoneWolfAndCubSee all my reviews

Ti West, who directed the underrated Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, is a name to watch out for. The House of the Devil, although not fantastic, proves that West has an excellent eye for visuals, details and creating suspense. This film feels as though it has come directly out of the 80's, more like a lost film of some horror director like John Carpenter or Tobe Hooper than a second feature by a new millennium director. From the opening and end credits, to the walkman, fashion, soundtrack and the slightly faded visuals, even the storyline, centred on babysitters and Satanists feels like the movie belongs back in the 80's.

Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) is a college student who needs money fast. Her roommate is a disgusting slob, and Samantha is a neat-freak, lucky for her she has found an apartment, but needs money to pay the rent. She stumbles across a babysitter advert at the college and quickly applies. Soon enough she is meeting with Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) and his odd wife Mrs. Ulman (Mary Woronov) on the night of the lunar eclipse. Straight away it is obvious to us, and Samantha's friend Megan (Greta Gerwig), that this job is a setup for some sinister goings down (hence the title 'The House of the Devil').

The first 40 minutes of this movie are excellent. Samantha is a character we can care about and a sense of dread permeates the proceedings. However, once the babysitting starts very little happens and the movie slows to a halt which ultimately destroys the fantastic mood setup. Events pick up at 75 minute mark, but with only 15 minutes left the final act is rushed with no time to generate any scares (apart from some nice gory deaths).

The cast do an excellent job, the exchanges between Mr. Ulman and Samantha are deliciously creepy, and the house itself is reminiscent of the Amityville house. The actual story is quite good, nothing new or exciting but a simple little devil-themed yarn with a little twist. Unfortunately it is the pacing which is this film's undoing, and it is a shame because it really could have been an amazingly good film otherwise.

3½/5


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