House of the Devil 2009

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In this unrelenting horror, student Sam is desperate to earn some cash that she takes on a babysitting job even when there's no baby. Left alone in a diabolical mansion, something stirs in the rooms upstairs.

Starring:
Jocelin Donahue,Tom Noonan
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Ti West
Starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan
Supporting actors Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, Darryl Nau, Brenda Cooney, Danielle Noe, Mary B. McCann, Lena Dunham, Christina Sciongay, Mary Woronov
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Keri Beevis - author of Dead Letter Day on 20 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This seems to be a Marmite film; those who have reviewed either loving or hating it. And I understand why. The horror camp, post Scream [DVD] [1997], is firmly divided these days. Those who love the gore and inventively high body count, infused with witty one liners, and those who prefer a build up of chills. House Of The Devil falls slightly towards the latter. It's not the most original tale, but it is well executed.

I was lucky enough to have a dad who owned a chain of video stores in the eighties and have seen just about every horror film going (not sure I should confess to that!!) and for me, this film manages to capture the atmosphere and the creepiness of the films I watched in my teens. Okay.. it's not The Shining [DVD] [1980], Halloween [1978] [DVD] or When A Stranger Calls [DVD].. but it does do a pretty good job of cranking up the tension, and it was the first film in a while that had me actually sitting on the edge of my seat.

If you're a fan of Hostel or any of the Saw sequels, then I recommend you give this one a miss. If, however, you're a fan of eighties movies such as Eyes of a Stranger [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC],
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt James on 2 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
For me, everything about this film is fantastic! I loved the fact that it was set in the 80's which just added to the atmosphere and gave us something fresh, rather than the usual c**p thats coming out of hollywood. Ti West really did try to do something different, focusing on scary set pieces, slow burn pace, atmosphere and most importantly of all awesome story line.
I really cant say too much without giving it away but the title gives you a little clue. I don't think I have felt so tense watching a film for so long! and the ending was also very good! I am looking forward to his latest offering the 'the Sacrament'
If you like your horror tense, with atmosphere which doesn't rely on gore then this is for you, please give it a go.
Its directors like Ti and Rob Zombie who are really pushing the boundaries of horror recently and I applaud them!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Johnson on 30 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bought this film after catching the last 20 minutes or so on a horror channel on television. Was impressed enough by what I saw to look into buying the film even though I had never heard of it before. The beginning is definitely like watching a very early 80's film intro and to be honest I thought the music was a little tacky at the beginning, although I can see that the director was trying to add to the early 80's film atmosphere. However, don't let that put you off watching the rest of the film.

The films does build up slowly, which to be honest makes it more watchable as you are not given anything too early, which can sometimes ruin films in my opinion. It adds to the mood and makes you want to keep watching. I also love the fact that you are not given too many characters either, which could otherwise ruin the type of community it is supposed to be set in. I think the two house owners are very well cast as both have a scary look about them, which makes the house even more creepier.

The suspense builds and then all of a sudden you are given the true identity of what lives in the house. Unlike the intro music the rest is much better and helps give a scary feel. I wont ruin it for you by telling you what happens, but in my opinion if you like classic horror films like Rosemary's Baby and films that build up tension you will love this. Loads better than the slasher style horror, which in my opinion is just gore for the sake of it. This is definitely a must for those of you who long for horror to be as it was back in those cult horror periods of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

This film deserves its place in the collection of true horror fans. Love it and can't wait to watch again. Turn the lights low and add to the atmosphere it creates for the best effect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vlad the emailer on 9 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I can remember the old video stores popping up everywhere and seemingly every other film was a horror.I loved the garish covers which attracted the censors so much.Ti West has captured the atmosphere perfectly in "The House of the Devil".The casting is right on and having Dee Wallace is a master stroke.I love Ti west films from "Cabin Fever 2" to "V/H/S.GOOD ON YER Ti.
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Format: DVD
A suspenseful period film that stays faithful to the 80's horror period, in that it doesn't rely on buckets of gore nor cheap conventional scares to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat. The first two thirds of the film are extremely atmospheric, and at times incredibly intense, particuarly the scenes where we don't know quite what's going to happen and when, unlike your typical horror flick. However, the whole movie continues to hang around and decide what it wants to be until the end, of which seems to be a bit of an afterthought. Which is a shame really, because the tension built in the beginning half was built with such thought, only to be struck by a climax that was indeed incredibly shocking and unexpecting, but the one hour and ten minutes of our lead doing very little sort of makes it unworth the wait. Another great twist to the horror genre is that we actually have a likable lead. The main female of the movie is for once not an annoying pot head or slut. Her personality as so likeable that you don't want any harm to come to her, and you root for her. Very rarely do you experience this in a horror film. Overall, The House of the Devil creates tension like no other horror in years, and it's brilliantly made, including a realistic script and convincing acting from both the lead and supports. It's not however for the casual viewers, as the film requires heaps of patience before anything actually happens. But it's a great homage to 80's horror, and we get very little these days.
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